By Ivan Maltsev
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, according to American intelligence, believes that his predecessor in this post, Hassan Rouhani, concluded a bad JCPOA agreement on the nuclear program in 2015.
The U.S. authorities do not have high hopes for the resumption of negotiations with Iran on limiting its nuclear program and believe that Tehran is not yet ready for serious negotiations. This was reported by the Axios portal with reference to its sources.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, according to American intelligence, believes that his predecessor in this post, Hassan Rouhani, concluded a bad Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program in 2015. Some high-ranking American officials are “deeply concerned that Iran will go too far in its current nuclear developments, as a result of which it will be too late to return” to the JCPOA. However, the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden still hopes that Raisi will eventually want to conclude a new agreement that will not differ much from the previous one.
“We have made it clear that Iran’s ongoing nuclear escalation is unconstructive and incompatible with its stated goal of returning to mutual compliance with the JCPOA,” the U.S. State Department’s press service commented on the situation to the portal. The nuclear escalation, the Foreign Ministry added, “will not give Iran any negotiating leverage when we return to negotiations.” Thus, according to Axios, Israeli intelligence services have been transmitting data to the United States and a number of European countries over the past two weeks that Iran is engaged in technical preparations for uranium enrichment up to 90%.
The seventh round of negotiations on the restoration of the JCPOA on the Iranian nuclear program began on November 29 in Vienna after they were suspended in June this year due to the elections in Iran. Over the past six rounds of negotiations from April to June 2021, the negotiators of the JCPOA member countries and the United States managed to determine which American sanctions against Iran should be lifted and a list of steps in the nuclear field that Iran should take to return to fulfilling its obligations.