Borrell rules out that the Afghan crisis affects the Iranian nuclear negotiation

Borrell rules out that the Afghan crisis affects the Iranian nuclear negotiation

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Brussels, Oct 4 (EFE) .- The high representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, ruled out that the crisis in Afghanistan will affect the negotiation for the return of the Iranian nuclear agreement.

“I do not see that the Afghan crisis, the new situation in Afghanistan, is going to condition, impair or delay the nuclear negotiations,” Borrell said in a telephone statement to four Spanish media, including Efe, within the framework of his trip to Qatar. , United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which ends today.

Borrell completed a tour of the Persian Gulf on Sunday and, while passing through Saudi Arabia, discussed with the Saudi Foreign Minister, Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, the situation of the negotiations in Vienna to return to the nuclear agreement.

As coordinator of that pact, Borrell trusted Riyadh that he could return “soon” to the negotiating table.

Instead, he acknowledged in his conversation with Efe and other media that “the nuclear negotiation is in ‘stand by’.”

“At the moment there is no nuclear negotiation,” he lamented, and referred specifically to the fact that the new Iranian government headed by Ebrahim Raisí has ​​alleged that it needs time to study the nuclear dossier although it has expressed “its willingness to return to the negotiating table ”.

“Therefore, at the moment the negotiations are suspended,” he said, regardless of the situation in neighboring Afghanistan, which since mid-August has been controlled by the Taliban.

“Frankly, I don’t think the Iranians are using the Afghan crisis for anything. They have their objectives, which are the same before and after the withdrawal from Afghanistan, ”he commented.

Borrell recalled that countries such as Saudi Arabia would like to enter the negotiation due to their concern that concessions be made to Iran, while Gulf countries insist that the pact include more disputed areas than the original, such as ballistic missiles.

“The only way that Iran does not become a nuclear power is through an agreement like the one we had; the one we had worked, a unilateral break by the Americans has not succeeded in preventing Iran from advancing towards nuclear capacity, rather on the contrary, it has advanced more when the pact was broken ”, considered the Spanish politician.

The JCPOA (nuclear accord) was signed in 2015 between Iran and six great powers (the US, Russia, China, France, the UK and Germany), but Washington unilaterally abandoned it in 2018 and reimposed sanctions. against Tehran.

The JCPOA limits Iran’s atomic program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions, so the US decision to reintroduce punitive measures in 2018 left it severely weakened.

Negotiations began in Vienna last April with six great powers, including the United States indirectly, to achieve Washington’s return to the pact and Iran’s compliance with all its obligations that it is violating, but the talks were suspended after the coming to power of the new Iranian president in August.

(c) EFE Agency


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