US Envoy Warns of Growing Impatience on Iran Deal

Sees waiting for talks in 'critical phase'

Getting the Iran nuclear talks resumed after Iran’s election is taking longer than anyone expected. US officials are increasingly critical of Iran, saying that they and “allies” have a shared impatience on the matter.

Envoy Robert Malley describes this as a critical phase for the process, though since nothing is happening it’s really just a critical phase for US threats and claims that time is running out.

Malley said the US plan is to keep pushing diplomacy and prepare for “other steps,” which are a thinly veiled threat to attack Iran. So its a critical phase for pushing threats, which will no doubt be cheered by Israeli officials, the allies with the shared impatience in the first place.

All of this is likely a reaction to reports that Iranian politicians are upset at the government’s slow action, allowing the US to hit them over the slow process, even as the US has been reluctant to advance the talks themselves.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of