Iran Nuclear Talks in Qatar End Without a Deal

Iran media: Talks had no effect on breaking deadlock

The indirect talks between the US and Iran in Qatar are reportedly over, gone as soon as they came, and with no measurable progress on the nuclear process stalled for months.

The EU put the talks together Tuesday, and Qatar hosted. The talks ended as deadlocked as ever Wednesday. The details are still emerging on where we go from here.

The US came into these talks pessimistic, and Iran reported that the US refused to promise Iran any benefit from sanctions relief. Iranian media claimed the US wanted to revive the deal with no benefit for Iran.

That’s not a surprise, as the 2015 deal came with the US never honoring any of its obligations, and kept not benefiting Iran right up until the US reneged on the deal outright. The 2015-2018 period seems to be what the US would like to return to, a deal in name only.

Author: Jason Ditz

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