After months of indirect negotiations, Washington recently charged Tehran with moving “backward.”
In response to US officials’ comments that an agreement was still far off after extensive talks through European mediators, Iran has stated it would consider convening a conference to discuss resurrecting the 2015 nuclear deal on the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Nasser Kanaani, a spokesman for the foreign ministry, discussed a prospective meeting with world powers on Monday. He said that three days of activities at the UN might provide Iranian officials a chance to speak with other negotiators.
Ali Bagheri Kani, the head of the nuclear negotiating team, will be in attendance at the General Assembly as a member of the delegation, but he added, “However, I do not rule out the prospect of conversations about the nuclear deal.”
Although the Foreign Ministry spokesman said any direct discussions with US officials were out of the question, he suggested discussions with European intermediaries could take place on the fringes of the UNGA because foreign negotiators have been bouncing ideas between Washington and Tehran for several months. The negotiations have not yet resulted in a deal.
In 2018, former US President Donald Trump unilaterally exited the nuclear agreement, reinstating all previous sanctions and then enacting new ones. Although other concerns, like the blacklisting of Tehran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), have complicated the discussions, Iran has long pushed for sanctions relief, basing any return to the nuclear accord on the reduction of the economic penalties.
A near-team agreement was “unlikely,” according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who claimed last week that Iran was concentrating on “extraneous concerns” and was moving “backward” in the negotiations. Other officials have recently shown a similar pessimism in their remarks, with State Department spokesperson Ned Price stating in August that Iran was making “unacceptable demands.”
Despite these accusations, Kanaani stated that his nation had never walked away from the negotiating table and that it remained open to finding a way to return to the agreement.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi reaffirmed in an interview with CBS that Tehran is willing to rejoin the nuclear deal provided that Washington provides sufficient assurances that it won’t withdraw from the agreement once more, saying “If it’s a good deal and fair deal, we would be serious about reaching an agreement.”
On Tuesday, the first day of the high-level general debate at the UN began. World leaders discussed a variety of topics, including food security, the situation in Ukraine, climate change, and economic difficulties.
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