On Monday, the State Department said it’s still “too soon” to tell if Iran is taking a “constructive” approach to the ongoing negotiations in Vienna aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.
“It’s just too soon to tell whether Iran has returned to a more constructive approach at this moment,” State Department deputy spokeswoman Jalina Porter told reporters.
Since the nuclear deal talks resumed in Vienna at the end of November, the US has been accusing Iran of not taking the process seriously. But amid negotiations, the Biden administration has ramped up sanctions and is hinting at taking military action against Iran if the talks fail. Iran has said the renewed US pressure is a sign that the US is the party not taking diplomacy seriously.
Despite the US’s negative comments, Iran’s top negotiator in Vienna said Sunday that progress is still being made. “The two parties are at the point of agreeing on the matters which should be on the agenda,” Ali Bagheri Kani told Iran’s IRNA news agency. “It’s a positive and important evolution since, at the start, they weren’t even in agreement on the issues to negotiate.”
The US wants Iran to accept a draft agreement that was reached in negotiations with the previous Iranian government during earlier talks that concluded in June. But Iran has submitted two new draft proposals, and despite US claims otherwise, Bagheri Kani has signaled flexibility in negotiating the deals he has put forward.
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Just keep saying it over and over and it becomes true. Iran is at fault. Iran is at fault. Iran is at fault.
He meant to say “US Says ‘Too Soon’ to Tell If US Is Taking ‘Constructive’ Approach to Negotiations”
It is not “too soon” to know that they will not surrender on all points, and give up their weapons both nuclear and conventional in return for almost no actual sanctions relief. That is the only offer, and the answer is “No.” Not too soon to know that.
Well said Mark… We seem to be asking for the kitchen sink here without real guarantees for the Iranians. If I were the Iranians I would not be inclined to accept this deal hook, line and sinker.
Then there is the wild card: Israel.
You mean, the dangerous card…………….
These talks are an utter waste of Iran’s time. The US will never return to the JCPOA or lift sanctions. War is inevitable. It’s just a question of how and when the US and Israel can figure out how to start it by overcoming the twin issues of blame and Hezbollah – as well as how to prosecute it when Ukraine and Taiwan are more critical crises.
The question that remains is just what kind of false flag will cause it.
The US is trailing false flags all over the Baltic and Black Sea and through the Taiwan Straits, just as it has off Iran for years.
Which flag will finally succeed in starting new fighting?
The US is behaving as such a universal bully it may not get punched out by the victim it chooses, but rather by another victim that feels it has had enough. Russia and China are both nearer their limits than Iran seems to be, since Iran has evaded the trap for years while Russia is moving troops and China has reached new levels of bluster.
Once a fight starts, those fighting share control of it. The US would have fewer choices left to it. “The enemy gets a say.”
There is every chance that Iran will slip out the back door of the resulting bar fight, as Russia and/or China bash away.
I don’t know if Iran will get nuclear weapons out of this, nor even need them anymore, but I am pretty sure Taiwan and Ukraine have already been lost by mismanagement staging the fight over them. They too are US victims. Never trust a bully.
To apply the favorite analogy of the neocons, Poland was lost before the fighting started, just as Taiwan and Ukraine have already been set up for hopeless loss. Poland came out of WW2 far worse off than did Czechoslovakia which did not get that “help” — it was Poland that lost millions of its people murdered by genocide of both Germany and the Soviets, had its entire infrastructure blown up, and then got moved over a few hundred miles out of its original territory, then suffered over half a century of a far harsher occupation by the Soviets.
Today Ukraine has already lost territory and will likely lose more, while Taiwan may well disappear altogether.
Note: there are ethnic Taiwanese who have never welcomed the present Han government of Taiwan, and have been agitating for their own government since the hopelessly corrupt Chiang took the island from them after losing the Civil War, arriving with heavily armed corrupt warlords driven from the Mainland just as they finally got rid of the Japanese. The ethnic Taiwanese might be pleased enough to make their own deal with Xi. The situation on Taiwan is very far from what it is portrayed to be in the US media. The Taiwan that the US “supports” is on the verge of losing it all, disappearing from history.
More BS drivel from our administration. Either we want to return to the JCPOA, lift sanctions, or we do not. It is that simple. Right now I think it is the latter.
True. But what do Russia and China want from Iran, and what will they do for Iran in return? They still want to talk about that, and they are still doing business with Iran under cover of that.
I have been saying for long. Iran should quit the talks and face the consequences. That will be more honorable than sitting before the Zionists for “talks”. Which ever the way “talks” go final outcome will be the same which was dictated by the Zionists even before the “talks” started
Iran is literally not talking to the US, the US is not even allowed in the same hotel with everybody else. True, American media covers only the American view of what is happening in the other hotel, but that is not what keeps Iran over there talking to Russia, China, and the EU.
The EU might or might not be hopeless, but both China and Russia seem quite open to working with Iran. The Iranians want to keep it that way. Therefore, as long as Russia and China want Iran to talk, Iran will talk.
Our media coverage simply ignores what is really going on.
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