Iran’s Security Chief Says US not Interested in Strong Deal with Iran

Iran’s National Security Chief, Ali Shamkhani on Thursday said that the US approach to the ongoing talks in Vienna, Austria, between Iran and the P4+1 showed that Washington was not interested in a strong deal with Iran.

“US approach to Iran’s principled demands, coupled with its unreasonable offers and unjustified pressure to hastily reach an agreement, show that US isn’t interested in a strong deal that would satisfy both parties,”  Shamkhani said in a tweet message.

Shamkhani furthered that “absent US political decision, the talks get knottier by the hour.”

Shamkhani had previously asked the US to remove sanctions in all economic sectors as talks in Vienna to revive 2015 Iran’s nuclear agreement, known as JCPOA, was underway.

Meanwhile, Iran’s lead nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani has returned to Vienna on Wednesday after consultations with the country’s top leadership.

The Turkish news agency, Anadolu Agency, citing diplomatic sources reported that Kani visit was focused on “political decisions” that the Western parties, in particular the US, need to take as the 11-month exercise enters the final leg.

Moreover, European Union’s top negotiator in Vienna talks, Enrique Mora, had confirmed that “expert-level talks” and “formal meetings” had ended and it was the time for “political decisions”.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian had also said that “despite good progress” in the lengthy talks, resolving some issues required “the political decision of the West”.

“Among the key demands yet to be accepted by Washington is a guarantee that no future US administration will unilaterally walk out of the deal, but the Biden administration is unwilling to promise that,” Anadolu quoted a diplomatic source as saying.

Former US President Donald Trump withdrew from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal in 2018, and reimposed more sanctions, prompting Iran to accelerate its nuclear activities.

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