US sanctions won’t create leverage in nuclear talks, Iran warns

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The US blacklisted Iran’s two government agencies and several officials on Tuesday, accusing them of rights abuses.

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Iran and the United States exchanged barbs on Tuesday after the Biden administration imposed new sanctions on Iranian entities and officials, with Tehran warning Washington that the measures “will not create gains” in nuclear deal talks.

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US Treasury Department blacklisted Several officials associated with Iran’s law enforcement forces and special units and agencies of counter-terrorism special forces accused him of human rights abuses.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh slammed Washington for announcing the sanctions while the two countries engage in indirect talks to revive the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal.

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“Washington fails to understand that ‘maximum failure’ and a diplomatic success are mutually exclusive,” he wrote on Twitter. “Doubling down on sanctions will not lead to leverage—and that is anything but seriousness and goodwill.”

Khatibzadeh’s statement reflects previous remarks by US officials who have warned Iran that increasing its nuclear program will not benefit it in talks.

“They [the Iranians] Believing they can deposit more enriched uranium at higher levels and use more advanced centrifuges as leverage for a deal they think they can extract more from us and give less of their share ,” a senior US official told reporters on condition of anonymity on Saturday. “And it’s not a negotiating strategy that’s going to work.”

The seventh round of indirect talks between the US and Iran concluded in Vienna on Friday after Washington accused Tehran of not being serious about reviving the agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Is.

Iranian officials say they submitted two proposals that would ensure a return to the deal, in which Iran withdrew its nuclear program in exchange for lifting international sanctions against its economy.

Since former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018, Washington has been imposing sanctions on Iranian industries, government agencies and officials. In response, Iran is enriching uranium beyond the limits set by the agreement, while restricting international monitors access to its nuclear facilities.

Iran insists that all US sanctions must be lifted for the deal to be reinstated and maintains that – unlike the US – it is still a party to the deal.

But officials in the Biden administration have cast doubt on Iran’s desire to revive the JCPOA.

Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said, “What we have seen over the past few days is that Iran is not yet serious about doing what is needed to return to compliance, which is why we have discussed this round of talks in Vienna.” terminated.” told Reuters news agency in an interview on Friday.

Last week’s talks in Vienna were the first since conservative Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi took office in August. The talks have been stalled since June.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday he expected talks to resume on Thursday, Reuters reported.

Later in the day, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the ball was in Iran’s court to demonstrate it wanted to revive the deal.

Sullivan, referring to the six world powers, said, “The more Iran displays a lack of seriousness at the negotiating table, the more unity there is among the P5+1, and the more they have to deal with the isolated party in this dialogue.” will be revealed as such.” Negotiations in Vienna – US, UK, China, Russia, France and Germany.

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