Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service Enrique Mora and Iran's chief nuclear program negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani in Vienna.
Tehran's response in negotiations over the x27;Iran nuclear deal is “not constructive”, the United States said on Thursday, pushing back the prospect of a soon return to the historic agreement reached in 2015.
We can confirm that we have received the response from Iran through the European Union, said Vedant Patel, Deputy State Department Spokesperson. We are studying it, and will respond through the European Union, but unfortunately it is not constructive, he added.
The head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell had however said on Wednesday that he hoped for an agreement in the days to come.
The EU presented on August 8 what it called a final text to restore the historic 2015 agreement, which had been buried by former US President Donald Trump.
Iran proposed changes to it – broadly accepted by the Europeans – and to which the United States responded via the mediators.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Karani said earlier on Thursday that Tehran had sent a new response after that of the United States, according to the official agency Iranian Irna.
Negotiations on Iranian nuclear power, which began 16 months ago, but which were suspended and then resumed in early August, aim to relaunch this agreement concluded in 2015 with Tehran by the five permanent members of the Council UN security forces (China, USA, France, UK and Russia) plus Germany.
Joe Biden has long promised to restore the deal, saying it was the best way to limit Iran's nuclear program, and that the US withdrawal had only done ;encourage Tehran to accelerate its project.
Under the new proposal, Iran would receive sanctions relief and could again sell its oil in exchange for restrictions strict on its nuclear program.
Iran and the United States responded by proposing a series of changes. But according to Washington, Tehran's response is insufficient.
During an interview on Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, a fierce opponent of the agreement, Joe Biden underlined the commitment of the United States to never allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.
Washington assures that Iran has made crucial concessions, and in particular has dropped its request to block certain inspections by the IAEA, the Agency Atomic Energy International.
This subject of inspections, however, remains extremely sensitive on both sides.
Tehran has recently requested the closure of #x27;an investigation by the IAEA concerning traces of enriched uranium found at three undeclared sites, which the head of the Agency, Rafael Grossi, refuses.
The UN nuclear policeman had deplored the lack of credible answers from Tehran regarding these traces.