MI6 chief Richard Moore doubts Iran wants nuclear deal

“I don’t think the Supreme Leader of Iran wants to make a deal,” MI6 chief Richard Moore told CNN’s Jim Sciutto during an interview at the Aspen Security Forum, adding that he was “skeptical” of the Supreme Leader. patterns. “I think the deal is absolutely on the table and the European powers and the administration here are very, very clear about it and I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians on this issue would block it. But I don’t think don’t think the Iranians want it.”

Hopes of a return to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action appear to be fading as President Joe Biden pushes for a deal under pressure from Middle Eastern allies to contain Iran. Biden said last week that diplomacy was the best path to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and that the United States would not allow the country to get one. He also acknowledged that the United States would “not wait forever” for a response from Iranian leaders on a deal.

On Friday, a senior US official suggested there was still a chance the deal could be salvaged.

Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland hinted that Tehran was still interested in reaching a deal, noting that “they haven’t turned the tables yet” and “they haven’t not far away as they could have done in these many months”. where the deal was ready and sitting there.”

Nuland said it was up to Iran – and ultimately Khamenei – to accept the deal that was on the table.

“It would put their oil back on the market. It would relieve them of some of the sanctions that have been imposed. But right now they haven’t chosen to go that route,” she told Sciutto during the interview. the Aspen Security Forum on Friday.

Nuland said that if Khamenei “does not accept the deal, we are going to have to increase the pressure, of course”. She didn’t go into detail about what that pressure would entail.

Talks between US and Iranian officials in Doha, Qatar, mediated by the European Union last month over the deal ended with no progress. After the talks, Nasser Kanani, spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, tweeted that Iran had presented “its ideas and operational suggestions”, adding that Mora and Iranian negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani “will keep in touch regarding the pursuit. talks and the next step”.

Robert Malley, U.S. special envoy for Iran, echoed Biden’s sentiments on Tuesday and said the likelihood of reviving the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action “diminishes day by day.” He also said there was no set deadline for Tehran to return to compliance with the nuclear deal, but that the window is “closing quite quickly” and “at some point I think it will become obvious to everyone that the offer is no longer available.”

“If Iran wants to come back to the agreement, which it says it wants to do, there is a very simple way to do that, which is to accept the terms that, not the United States, but the European Union in his capacity as coordinator enlisted with us, enlisted with the Iranians,” Malley told CNN’s Sara Sidner on “Amanpour,” adding that he had offered what they considered a “fair proposition “. “We are ready to agree on this basis, we expect Iran to say the same.”
In 2018, the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal under then-President Donald Trump, who called it “faulty at heart” and Iran increasingly rejected the restrictions to its nuclear program imposed by the agreement.

CNN Kylie Atwood, Claire Calzonetti and Emmet Lyons contributed to this report.

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