Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

EU, France see no better deal for Iran

STOCK PHOTO – Pixabay.com

NEW YORK – France said on Monday that there would not be a better offer for Iran to revive a nuclear deal with world powers and it was up to Tehran to decide now with the EU coordinator for the talks saying he saw little chance of progress this week.

Months of indirect talks between Iran and the United States have foundered over several issues, including Tehran’s insistence the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) close an investigation into uranium traces found at three undeclared sites before the pact is revived, and a US guarantee that Washington would not walk out of any nuclear agreement again.

“There will not be a better offer on the table and it’s up to Iran to take the right decisions,” French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna told reporters on the sidelines of the United Nations’ General Assembly in New York, adding that no initiatives were underway to unblock the situation.

Her comments were echoed by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, the negotiations’ coordinator, who told reporters in New York that he saw no prospect of any progress during this week’s gathering of world leaders.

“There is a proposal from the (EU) coordinator on the table and it will remain on the table. I don’t see a better solution and it won’t become caduc (null and void),” he said.

Western diplomats have said there are no active negotiations at the moment and it was unlikely that a breakthrough could happen before the U.S. mid-term elections in November. They have accused Iran of going backwards in the talks, something Tehran denies.

“There are indications that the IAEA intends to close the case of the three sites … ,” Iran’s nuclear chief Mohammad Eslami said in remarks carried by Iranian state media on Monday. “We hope that they will be honest and do not waste more time in order to pressure Iran.”

European officials have been adamant that Iran must give credible answers to the IAEA’s questions, fearing that if the issue was swept under the carpet it could weaken the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, the framework to halt the spread of nuclear weapons-making capability.

Colonna said the United States and its European partners shared an identical position on the question of resolving an investigation.

Borrell’s comments sparked a response from Russia’s envoy to the talks, Mikhail Ulyanov, who said on Twitter the finger pointing showed things had reached a stalemate.

“Attempts to put all the blame on #Iran aren’t fair. The talks are too much dependent on the domestic political schedule of another participant,” he said, referring to the upcoming U.S. elections.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who addresses world leaders at the UN on Wednesday, said on Sunday that Iran would be serious about reviving the nuclear deal if there were guarantees the United States would not again withdraw from it as it had done under President Donald Trump.

The U.S. has offered certain guarantees for 2.5 years, diplomats said, but is unable to go beyond that.

A source close to Iran’s nuclear team said Tehran had lost interest in reviving a deal that can only last 2 years.

“Our nuclear program is advancing every day and this time is on our side. Let them be worried about it,” the source said.

Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!

Latest

News

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS WASHINGTON D.C. — The United States is seeking to form a coalition of countries to drive negotiations on a global...

News

Buildings are seen along EDSA in Quezon City. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MIGUEL DE GUZMAN By Diego Gabriel C. Robles  THE WORLD BANK (WB) upgraded...

News

Heavy traffic is seen on the southbound lane of EDSA in Cubao, Quezon City. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MIGUEL DE GUZMAN THE PHILIPPINE auto industry’s...

News

REUTERS THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) may deliver a second off-cycle rate hike in early November when the US Federal Reserve is expected...

News

Vendors arrange their goods at a public market in Manila. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ RUSSEL A. PALMA THE ASIAN Development Bank (ADB) is planning to...

Editor’s Pick

With the reversal of the 1.25% rise in National Insurance Contributions happening on the 6th of November, employers across the nation have an opportunity...

You May Also Like

News

BW FILE PHOTO GROSS BORROWINGS by the National Government reached P2.6 trillion as of end-September as it continued to raise funds to respond to...

News

KARASOLAR.COM TENA, Ecuador — Ecuador’s rainforest Achuar people say their ancestors long dreamed of a “fire canoe” or “electric fish” that would let them...

News

REUTERS By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter The country’s foreign exchange buffers slightly increased as of end-October as the value of the central bank’s...

News

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health of Filipinos across different groups all over the archipelago. From frontline workers, parents balancing...

Disclaimer: Respect Investment.com, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2022 Respect Investment. All Rights Reserved.