US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Pessimistic About Result of Iran Nuclear Talks

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that he is “not overly optimistic about actually getting an agreement,” in Iran nuclear talks, following weeks of speculation that a possible deal is close.

“I would say simply that I’m not overly optimistic at the prospects of actually getting an agreement to conclusion,” Blinken told NBC News.

“Despite all the efforts we put into it and despite the fact that I believe, our security would be better off. We’re not there,” Blinken said without providing details of what has caused the stalling of the talks.

Efforts to revive Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement, which former president Donald Trump abandoned in 2018, are currently facing a pause in Vienna.

Since Trump’s withdrawal from the deal, Iran has reportedly continued to enrich uranium at levels forbidden by the original deal and expand its nuclear program.

Iranian officials have frequently blamed the US for not being serious in the talks, and asked Washington to take difficult decisions in order to reach an agreement.

Iran’s Foreign, Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian had earlier tweeted that “if there is a pause in the course of the Vienna talks, it’s due to the American side’s excessive demands.”

Blinken was in Brussels this week meeting with NATO foreign ministers for talks about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, though he also planned to speak with European partners, including UK, France and Germany about possible next steps regarding the nuclear deal.

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