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US Won’t “Stand By” If Iran Delays Nuclear Negotiation, Envoy Says

The United States will not “sit idly by” if Iran delays returning to a nuclear deal in talks that are set to resume next week in Vienna, US special envoy Rob Malley said.

“If they start getting too close, too close to the idea of ​​getting comfortable, then of course we are not prepared to sit idly by,” the negotiator told National Public Radio (NPR) in excerpts released Tuesday.

Iran will return to talks in Vienna with world powers on Monday after a five-month hiatus following the election of an ultra-conservative president, Ebrahim Raisi.

The negotiations come after the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), returning from a visit to Iran, reported a lack of progress in talks over disputes over the country’s nuclear program.

The government of Democratic President Joe Biden opened talks earlier this year in hopes of returning the United States to a 2015 nuclear deal shattered by its predecessor, Republican Donald Trump, but has nevertheless failed to reach an understanding with Iran.

“We are prepared to go back to the agreement and lift all sanctions that are inconsistent with the agreement. So if Iran wants to return to the agreement, it has a way to do it,” Malley said.

“If you don’t want to go back to the deal, if you continue to do what you appear to be doing now, which is drag your feet on the diplomatic table and accelerate your pace when it comes to your nuclear program; if that is the path you choose, we will have to respond accordingly “, sentenced the diplomat.

The negotiations are taking place indirectly, with an EU envoy between Malley and the Iranian delegation refusing to meet face-to-face with the US representative.

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