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Sun Feb 28, 2021, 08:47 PM

Iran Rejects Offer of Direct U.S. Nuclear Talks

Source: Wall Street Journal

Iran rejected a European Union offer to hold direct nuclear talks with the U.S. in the coming days, risking renewed tension between Tehran and Western capitals.

Senior Western diplomats said Iran’s response doesn’t quash the Biden administration’s hopes of reviving diplomatic efforts to restore the 2015 nuclear deal, struck between Iran and six world powers and abandoned by the Trump administration in 2018. But they said it seemed to set a deadlock: Iran wants a guarantee it wouldn’t walk away from a meeting with the U.S. without some sanctions relief, which Washington has so far ruled out.

With Tehran escalating its nuclear activities in recent months in breach of the 2015 nuclear deal, the U.S. conducting airstrikes on Iranian-backed militias in Syria, and Iranian presidential elections in June, diplomats have warned that opportunities to ease tensions might now be imperiled.

Just 10 days ago, Western officials were hopeful that headway would soon be made toward relaunching the nuclear negotiations. The EU floated the idea of holding talks in Europe that would include all of the remaining participants in the 2015 deal—Iran plus China, the U.K., France, German, and Russia, as well as the U.S. The Biden administration immediately announced it would attend a meeting, with Washington’s envoy Rob Malley set to participate.


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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Feb 2021 OP
Dan Feb 2021 #1
WHITT Feb 2021 #2
EndlessWire Feb 2021 #3
WHITT Mar 2021 #4
Elessar Zappa Mar 2021 #6
WHITT Mar 2021 #7
FailureToCommunicate Mar 2021 #5
Martin68 Mar 2021 #8

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Feb 28, 2021, 08:49 PM

1. After trump, why should anyone trust the word of the U.S.?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Feb 28, 2021, 08:56 PM

2. Donnie Breached The Agreement

The U.S. needs to come back into compliance FIRST, then Iran can return to compliance in a matter of hours. Ball is in the American court.


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Response to WHITT (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 28, 2021, 09:44 PM

3. I disagree.

Compliance? What is that?

I think there is room to negotiate. There can't be changes made until they get back to the table. Iran gains nothing by refusing this meeting. It's better to talk and find out what each wants. There are many players here. A gentle approach as offered is better than a brash "or else" attitude.

Iran previously indicated a desire to return to a previous agreement. What has changed? We are not fooled by sponsors of terrorism. But, we do have to coexist.

I think Trump and Jared cooked the ME.

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Response to EndlessWire (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 04:30 AM

4. It's Not A Negotiation

Donnie breached the agreement. Period. The agreement contains specific ramifications for whichever party/parties violated the agreement. It's up to parties that are in violation of the agreement to return into compliance. Period.


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Response to WHITT (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 10:05 AM

6. Well, that's not going to happen.

If Iran wants progress, they’re going to have to sit down and talk.

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Response to Elessar Zappa (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 02:49 PM

7. Then

what was the point of having Iran and the other five countries sign the binding agreement if the parties are not held to the terms of the agreement?


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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 08:48 AM

5. Let's hope Jake Sullivan, or his team, can sort this out and get everyone back to the table.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 07:32 PM

8. At this point I think Iran ha a right to insist on some pre-conditions related to sanctions relief.

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