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US ends Iran without progress as latest nuclear talks in Doha

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The US said on Wednesday that indirect talks between US and Iranian officials in Doha ended without any progress.

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A State Department spokesman said late Wednesday that indirect talks between Iran and the US on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal in the Qatari capital had concluded with “no progress”.

The talks in Doha were an attempt to restart long-running EU-mediated talks between Tehran and world powers on the withdrawal of the 2015 accord.

No time frame had previously been announced on the most recent talks, which were led by the US delegation at the Doha Hotel with special envoy Robert Malley.

But as of Wednesday night, a US State Department spokesman said “indirect discussions in Doha are over”.

“While we are very grateful for the EU’s efforts, we are disappointed that Iran has failed to respond positively to EU initiatives and therefore no progress has been made,” the spokesman told AFP in an email.

EU coordinator Enrique Mora previously said that the sides engaged in “two intense days of closeness talks” in Doha that had “not yet” achieved the progress the EU team demanded.

“We will continue to work with even greater urgency to get an important deal back on track for non-proliferation and regional stability,” he said on Twitter earlier in the day, posting a photo of himself meeting with Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Bagheri. “

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said the talks would last only two days.

He added that the parties “exchanged views and proposals on the remaining issues”.

An EU source told AFP the discussions, held two weeks before US President Joe Biden’s first official visit to the region, were set to last several days.

– ‘Red line’ –

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdullahian had said Iran was “serious” about finalizing a deal in Doha, but would not cross its “red line”.

“If the US side has serious intentions and is realistic, then an agreement is available at this stage and in this round of negotiations,” he was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA on Wednesday.

IRNA has previously described the “red lines” as lifting all sanctions related to the nuclear deal, creating a mechanism to verify that they have been lifted and ensuring that the US Then don’t back down from the deal.

A US State Department spokesman said after the indirect talks ended that Washington “has made clear our readiness to quickly conclude and implement an agreement on mutual withdrawal to full compliance”.

“Yet in Doha, as before, Iran has raised issues completely unrelated to the JCPOA (Iran Nuclear Agreement) and is apparently unwilling to take any substantive decision on whether to accept the deal,” the spokesman said. wants to revive or bury it.”

The differences between Tehran and Washington include notably Iran’s demand that its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps be removed from the US terrorist list.

– ‘Trump method’ –

The arch-rivals have been meeting indirectly – sending messages from different areas of the same hotel – to try to break the impasse in efforts to renegotiate the 2015 deal.

The deal, which lifted sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program, was unilaterally abandoned in 2018 by former US President Donald Trump, who reimposed sanctions.

Iranian officials have previously said they were looking forward to progress in Qatar – but warned Americans to abandon the “Trump method” of negotiations.

“We hope that, by the will of God, we can reach a positive and acceptable agreement if the United States abandons the Trump method,” said Iranian government spokesman Ali Bahadori-Zahromi.

He described the practice as “non-compliance with international law and previous agreements and a disregard for the legal rights of the Iranian people”.

International talks on reviving the deal began in Vienna in April 2021, before the process halted in March.

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