Iran-U.S. nuclear talks in Qatar end without ‘progress,’ EU mediator says

Indirect talks between Iran and the United States over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers ended in Qatar on Wednesday after failing to make any meaningful progress, a European Union mediator said.

Enrique Mora made the comment on Twitter after what he described as two days of “intense” talks he oversaw in Doha.

“Unfortunately not yet the progress the EU team hoped for as coordinator,” Mora wrote. “We will continue to work with even greater urgency to get a key agreement for non-proliferation and regional stability back on track.”

Mora’s comments came hours after the semi-official Tasnim news agency, seen as close to Iran’s hardline Revolutionary Guards, described the talks as over and having “no effect on the exit.” deadlock in the talks”.

Tasnim claimed the US position did not include “a guarantee for Iran to benefit economically from the deal”, citing what he described as unnamed “informed sources”.

“Washington seeks to revive (the agreement) in order to limit Iran without economic success for our country,” the Tasnim report asserts.

US Special Representative Rob Malley spoke to the Iranians through Mora during the talks. Mora then relayed messages to Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani.

After the Tasnim report, Foreign Minister Nasser Kanaani’s spokesman released a statement describing the two-day talks as “taking place in a professional and serious atmosphere”.

The State Department did not immediately acknowledge the end of the talks.

“As we and our European allies have made clear, we stand ready to conclude and immediately implement the agreement we negotiated in Vienna for a mutual return to full implementation of the nuclear deal,” the State Department said in an earlier statement. “But for that, Iran must decide to drop its additional demands that go beyond” the deal.

Iran and world powers agreed to the nuclear deal in 2015, which saw Tehran drastically limit its uranium enrichment in return for the lifting of economic sanctions. In 2018, then-President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled America out of the deal, raising tensions across the Middle East and triggering a series of attacks and incidents.

Talks in Vienna on reviving the deal have been on “pause” since March. Since the collapse of the deal, Iran has been using advanced centrifuges and rapidly growing stockpiles of enriched uranium.

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