Written by – Elijah J. Magnier:
The visit last week of the official in charge of European foreign policy, Josep Borrell, to Tehran did not cause any breach at the level of the stalled nuclear talks. However, it opened the way for the return of the US-Iran indirect talks in Qatar, expected Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday at the latest in Qatar. Russia and China representatives will not be present.
The increased tension in recent weeks due to long deadlock, and the exchange of negative messages between Iran and the US, occurred via the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA): western inaction and Iranian counter-measures were dominant in recent weeks. Rafael Grossi, the IAEA’s director, declared that Iran was responsible for not providing satisfactory responses relating to the uranium discovered in three undeclared sites where Tehran was suspected of conducting nuclear work. This accusation was denied by Iran, which offered justifications more than 11 years ago about the same issue and accused the IAEA of collecting misleading and “sabotage-orientated” Israeli intelligence information.
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