US President Joe Biden said on Friday that Iran’s plan to enrich uranium to 60% was not beneficial, but expressed his joy that Tehran had been involved in indirect talks on the return to Iran. nuclear deal.
Biden said – during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in Washington – that it was too early to judge the outcome of the talks.
Meanwhile, an EU official said on Friday that the Vienna talks to save the Iran nuclear deal would continue for a few days, followed by a hiatus so that Iranian and US officials can return to their countries for consultations.
On Thursday, a second round of talks began, including talks in various forms, as well as formal meetings for all remaining parties to the deal, all aimed at bringing the US back to the deal, lifting sanctions that have The American withdrawal and Iran’s retreat from its “violation” approaches were reimposed. Accept.
The head of the Iranian delegation to the negotiations, Abbas Araghchi, said Thursday’s talks were very serious and difficult, while Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif said the Biden administration was showing its commitment to the policy of maximum pressure imposed by former US President Donald Trump.
The European Union is chairing the meetings held in Vienna between the other parties to the agreement, namely Iran, Russia, China, France, Germany and Great Britain, and the American delegation – which s withdrawn from the deal under the administration of former President Donald Trump – resides in a nearby hotel as Iran refuses to hold direct talks.
And Iran has decided to enrich uranium to 60% purity, which is a big step forward in weapons manufacturing, and it said it started applying it on Friday.
The head of the Iranian Shura Council, Muhammad Baqir Qalibaf, announced Iran’s first production of 60% enriched uranium, and congratulated – in a tweet on Twitter – the people of his country, indicating that the will of the Iranians would go thwart any conspiracy, he mentioned. Publicity
For his part, the spokesman for the European Union said that Iran’s announcement of a 60% uranium enrichment contradicted the talks underway in Vienna, and considered that this decision was unjustified and worrying.
“The talks started in Vienna and aim to complete the work of the joint committee that started last week. The participants will continue to discuss the possibility of the United States returning to the nuclear deal and pushing all its parties to fully comply, ”the spokesperson said – at a press conference in Brussels.
On the other hand, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi – in his statements from Cyprus on Friday – reiterated that Tel Aviv will do “whatever is necessary” to ensure that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons. .