(Manama) US-Iranian envoy Rob Malley warned on Friday that Tehran was “not going in the right direction” after dramatically increasing its stockpile of highly enriched uranium 10 days before resuming negotiations over its controversial nuclear program.
“Iran’s progress raises concerns in the region,” he added […] “Time is running out to return to the agreement,” Rob Malley said in Manama, Bahrain, at a security conference.
After five months of suspension due to the election of Iran’s neo-conservative President Ibrahim Raisi, negotiations between Iran and the world’s major powers are set to resume in Vienna on November 29 in a bid to salvage the 2015 agreement that is supposed to prevent Tehran from splitting. Granting nuclear weapons.
These discussions are taking place between Tehran and the other signatories (France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia and China) that are still parties to the agreement, and with the indirect participation of the United States, which unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018.
In the wake of this withdrawal, Washington reimposed economic sanctions on Iran, which in response gradually freed itself from its obligations under the agreement.
On Wednesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced a sharp increase in Tehran’s stockpile of highly enriched uranium, in violation of these same commitments.
“If Iran continues at this rate, the time will come when it will be impossible to make any profits even by returning to the deal,” said Rob Malley.
If they stick with their data, we’re unfortunately not headed in the right direction. But let’s wait and see what happens.
Rob Malley, US envoy to Iran
The diplomat stressed that the United States shares a “common goal” with Russia and China “to avoid the crisis that could erupt if Iran continues in this direction.” Our clear intent in getting back to the deal is to stick with it because we don’t want to see a nuclear crisis. ”
In a tweet, Rob Malley referred to a “very constructive” phone conversation with Russian and Chinese Deputy Foreign Ministers Sergei Ryabkov and Ma Chauxu.
“Our three countries are very much on the same page about the need to return to full respect” of the agreement and are working there “by coordinating” their approach to resuming negotiations, he said.
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