| 26 May 2024, Sunday |

Iran warns nuclear talks would fail unless Biden provides guarantees

Negotiations to resurrect Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers would fail unless US President Joe Biden can guarantee that the US will not quit the deal again, according to Iran’s Supreme National Security Council.

“Because he lacks authority, the US President is unable to provide assurances. If the current situation persists, the outcome of negotiations would be obvious “In a tweet, Ali Shamkhani remarked.

Iran is poised to announce a specific date for the resumption of talks with the powers this week, according to Ali Bagheri-Kani, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator.

In April, Iran and six powers started talks in Vienna to reinstate the deal, which then-U.S. President Donald Trump ditched three years ago before re-imposing sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy. However, the talks were put on hold after Iran’s presidential election in June that brought anti-Western hardliner Ebrahim Raisi to power.

A main disagreement in Vienna has been over Iran’s requirement for the United States to give guarantees that it would not renege on the nuclear agreement in the future.

The United States and European powers have urged Iran to return to negotiations, warning that time is running out as the Islamic Republic’s uranium enrichment programme is advancing well beyond the limits set by the nuclear pact.

In reaction to Trump’s re-imposition of sanctions, Tehran breached the deal by rebuilding stockpiles of enriched uranium, refining it to higher fissile purity and installing advanced centrifuges to speed up output.

  • Reuters