The future of talks to bring the US back into the Iran nuclear deal is under threat after the UN nuclear watchdog was unable to reach an expected agreement on how to continue to inspect Iran’s nuclear sites. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency was forced to postpone a planned press conference on Sunday that was due to set out details of a one-month extension of the current light-touch inspection regime amid conflicting signals from Iran over whether it would sign up to it. The IAEA said its director general, Rafael Grossi, will continue consultations with Tehran on a technical agreement. The wider talks in Vienna on reviving the nuclear deal with the west, which Donald Trump took the US out of in 2018, are likely to collapse or be suspended if there is no agreement first between the IAEA and Iran on inspections.
Guardian 23rd May2021 read more »
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said it remains unclear whether Iran is “ready and willing” to take the necessary steps to return to compliance with the multination nuclear agreement. Speaking ahead of a fifth round of talks in Vienna on rescuing that deal, Blinken was asked Sunday about Iranian reports that Washington had already agreed to lift some of the sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy.
Daily Mail 23rd May 2021 read more »