پنجشنبه ۱۸ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۲۱:۴۴ - ۸ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
The second round of talks between Iran and the tree European powers ended yesterday in Vienna without any breakthrough. Iran categorically disagreed with unlimited suspension of its uranium enrichment activities but called the talks a positive step forward. The British, German and French as well as other European Union diplomats were expecting a response to their proposals in which they asked Iran to halt its uranium enrichment in return for lucrative trade agreements and supply of enriched uranium under international supervision.
At the end of yesterday’s meeting Sirus Nasseri, a member of Iranian delegation, reiterated that the complete suspension of its uranium enrichment is by no means acceptable. But he said, negotiations are going to continue and we try to reach an agreement.
The three European powers have not given any comments about the outcome of the meeting. Only a British foreign office spokesperson said, some points were clarified and some progress has been made in this meeting.
In Iran, the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, threatened to break-off negotiations. In his first comment about the dispute he rejected the unlimited suspension of uranium enrichment and said: “If there is any form of threat in the talks, it will show a lack of logic on the part of the other party in the negotiations.” He added that is such a case Tehran would reconsider the basis of its co-operation.
Diplomats in Europe say if Iran refuses the European proposal, most EU countries will support the US position at the next IAEA’s board of governors meeting. But some European officials believe that even if the IAEA did refer the matter to the UN Security Council it doesn’t mean that Iran would immediately become the subject of economic sanctions.
News agencies, quote analysts who express their misgivings about Iran’s intentions. Some believe Iran is buying time and is waiting for the outcome of US elections before making any final decision. They also believe that Iran’s delegation has not been sent to Vienna with full authority and has to return to Tehran for further instructions.