a PSA on the JCPOA talks in Vienna
This isn’t ready for prime time for a couple of reasons. One, I’ve gotten confused in time again, and two, I’m unable to watch any videos longer than about ten minutes. This post will start back on Dec. 14, 2021
‘Interview with Iran’s chief negotiator Dr. Ali Bagheri’, Tuesday, 14 December 2021, pressTV.ir
(25 min. video)
‘Iran’s resolve against sanctions paying off with rise in oil sales: Raeisi, Saturday, 18 December 2021. presstv/ir
“A Friday report by Bloomberg said that Iran’s crude exports to independent refiners in China had reached an average of 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) in November.
Raeisi’s government has touted growing oil sales as a major success for an administration that came to office only in August.
The report, which cited figures by business data supplier Kpler, showed that Chinese purchases of Iranian crude had increased by 40% against October despite persistent trade difficulties facing companies because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Experts believe that lack of leniency shown by Iran against the US will finally force Washington to accept Iran’s demands for reviving a 2015 nuclear deal that has unraveled since a former US government decided to pull out of the agreement in 2018.
LIVE: EU’s Envoy to Vienna Talks Enrique Mora holds presser following conclusion of JCPOA Joint Commission meeting https://t.co/CR3W4eWyej
— Press TV (@PressTV) December 17, 2021
Israeli officials warn against any military adventurism against Iranhttps://t.co/0y4rgjuCmT
— Press TV (@PressTV) December 19, 2021
Now if I had to guess, the opposition might be funded by Saudi Arabia, Israel, The US and CIA.
FWIW, from Wikipedia:
“...”an Iranian political organization based in France and Albania. The organization is a political coalition calling to replace the Iranian regime. The coalition is made up of different Iranian dissident groups, with its main member being the People's Mujahedin of Iran (MEK).Both organizations are considered to be led by Massoud Rajavi and his wife Maryam Rajavi.
The NCRI is also recognized as the MEK's diplomatic wing opposing the religious Iranian government. In 2002, the NCRI exposed that “Tehran had built nuclear-related facilities.” It was listed as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997, but was removed from this list in 2012 by the U.S. government. The NCRI is considered the largest political opposition to the current Iranian regime.” [...]
The NCRI received support from US Congress and US officials including Tom Ridge, Howard Dean, Michael Mukasey, Louis Freeh, Hugh Shelton, Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton, Bill Richardson, James L. Jones, Edward G. Rendell, Brian Binley, and Lt. General Thomas Mclenerney.
The NCRI, along with the MEK is regarded by the governments of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq as a terrorist organization, and was classified as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation by the United States, alleging that the NCRI "is not a separate organization, but is instead, and has been, an integral part of the MEK at all relevant times" and that the NCRI is "the political branch" of the MEK. However, it is no longer considered terrorist. On September 28, 2012, the US State Department formally removed MEK from its list of terrorist organizations in a decision made by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ahead of an October 1 deadline set by a US appeals court.
Additional titles: Senior State Department Official On the JCPOA Talks in Vienna , Dec. 17 I believe the talks began on Dec.7.
JCPOA withdrawal left 'unconstrained' nuclear Iran - US official
“Every day that goes by is just further proof and demonstration of how self-defeating the decision to withdraw from the JCPOA was [It] left an Iranian nuclear program that is unconstrained.", jerusalem post, Dec. 18
"The seventh round of talks have made little discernible progress since they resumed more than two weeks ago for the first time since Iran’s hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, was elected in June.
A senior US administration official told reporters on Friday that the seventh round of indirect negotiations with Iran “was better than it might have been” but “worse than it should have been,” which leaves the US “in an uncertain position as to whether we can get to where we need to go in the short time that we have to get there.”
“Every day that goes by is just further proof and demonstration of how self-defeating the decision to withdraw from the JCPOA was,” the official said, because it “left an Iranian nuclear program that is unconstrained. It left us with less visibility and monitoring of their program. And that’s why the first objective of the Biden administration is to see whether we can get back to mutual compliance.”
“All of this takes place under the circumstance where time is running out because of the pace of Iran’s nuclear program. And the secretary of state said many times that we cannot accept a situation where Iran is dragging its feet at the negotiating table and accelerating the pace with its nuclear program.
“There’s going to have to be an acceleration. Iran will have to come back with a clear set of issues and a realistic position on how to resolve it. So we made some progress, not enough certainty in a pace that it will not be sufficient to get to where we need to go.”
Israel opposed the Iran deal when it was signed, and has opposed Biden’s attempt to revive it. Among its concerns are the deal’s failure to tackle Iran’s non-nuclear military aggression and its global terror activity.
Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan took a group of fellow ambassadors to the UN to the northern border over the weekend to underscore the danger Iranian proxy groups, such as Hezbollah, pose to Israel.