Anthony Blinken, the secretary of state for the United States, said that “the Iranians killed the potential to quickly return to the nuclear accord many months ago.” “There was a possibility to return to the accord, it was even endorsed by all the parties concerned – the US, Russia, and even China,” he said in a chat with his British counterpart, James Calverley.
Blinken continued, “As a practical matter, the 2015 nuclear accord is no longer on the agenda today. We’re concentrating on what’s happening within Iran right now, so it’s not on Fox right now.
Israeli Anthony Blinken (Photo: Yonatan Zindel, Flash 90)
During US President Biden’s visit to Mexico last week, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke with a number of journalists and made it clear that the US is not currently prioritizing the Iran nuclear agreement and that he still thinks diplomacy is the best way to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The matter will be considered during the talks with Israeli officials, he added. Sullivan did not give a specific date for his trip to Israel.
There is no reason to return to Vienna and restart the negotiations on the revival of the nuclear agreement, according to Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s representative to the negotiations in Vienna, who earlier stated that there is no expectation of any change in the talks between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran. Ulyanov continued, “The IAEA and the Islamic Republic were supposed to consult last November, but after a document presented by the United States, Great Britain, Germany, and France at the meeting of the Agency’s Board of Governors, they concluded that “they arrived at an inappropriate time and that the results were not going to be useful.”
Additionally, before resuming to talks on restarting the nuclear agreement, the Russian ambassador for negotiations in Vienna highlighted that “Iran wants to end its existing concerns with the IAEA.” After Mohammad Islami, the head of the Iranian Nuclear Energy Agency, reportedly stated that “Tehran’s enrichment capacity has been doubled as part of the strategic operation aimed at building nuclear weapons,” according to the Iranian “Tasnim” news agency.