Iran blames hard-line nationals for halting nuclear deal negotiations
(Bloomberg) – The Iranian government has said domestic interference was responsible for blocking President Hassan Rouhani’s efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, highlighting legislation that die-hard lawmakers hoped to pressure it. Biden administration to quickly remove the sanctions.
Government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Tuesday that the bill, which required the Iranian government to significantly expand atomic activity and limit nuclear inspections, amounted to “unorthodox interference in the affairs of the world. ‘executive’ who had complicated negotiations with the world powers in Vienna.
Nuclear diplomacy has now been delayed until President-elect Ebrahim Raisi, an ultra-conservative cleric, takes office on August 3.
“The outcome of the talks cannot be adjusted to this law which overrides the nuclear agreement,” he said in a statement posted on the government’s official website.
Rabiei said the Supreme National Security Council concluded that the framework of an agreement reached in the Austrian capital was not in line with the law ratified by the Iranian parliament last year. Council spokesperson Keyvan Khosravi rejected his comments in an interview with the semi-official Tasnim news agency.
Rouhani’s negotiating team was still a long way from making a pact with world powers when talks broke down, Khosravi said.
“The intimidating positions of the Americans and some Europeans” have set back their efforts, according to Tasnim.
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