Blinken calls Iran’s newest response to nuclear deal proposal a ‘step backward’

“What we’ve seen over the last week or so in Iran’s response to the proposal put forward by the European Union is clearly a step backward and makes prospects for an agreement in the near-term, I would say, unlikely,” Blinken informed reporters, talking from Mexico Metropolis, the place he met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The US and Iran have traded responses through the European Union to a proposal put ahead by the EU’s high diplomat, Josep Borrell. Iran submitted its preliminary reply in mid-August; the US replied to it a few week later.

Earlier this month, Iran despatched its newest reply, which a State Division spokesperson referred to as “not constructive.”

As CNN beforehand reported, based on a US senior administration official, Iran in its newest response reopened the problem of the UN nuclear watchdog’s investigation into undeclared uranium traces discovered at Iranian websites. Iranian officers had repeatedly stated that the Worldwide Atomic Power Company (IAEA) probe would should be closed earlier than they might return to the deal. Nevertheless, a separate US senior administration official instructed final month that Iran had accepted the EU proposal — described by Borrell because the “final text” — with out making calls for concerning the investigation.

Blinken stated Monday he couldn’t supply a time-frame for when he thinks will probably be attainable to reenter an Iran nuclear deal, saying Iran is both “unwilling or unable to do what is necessary to reach an agreement.”

“They continue to try to introduce extraneous issues to the negotiation that make an agreement less likely,” Blinken stated. “But certainly what we’ve seen in the last week is a step backward away from the likelihood of any kind of near-term agreement.”

US officers had beforehand voiced some optimism across the newest efforts to revive the nuclear deal — which the US left in 2018 through the Trump administration and which Tehran has more and more violated since then — however hopes of a breakthrough have continued to fade.