Breaking: Iranians humiliated US point man by shunning him in Vienna: Israeli analyst
A senior Israeli military analyst says the Islamic Republic humiliated the United States’ point man on Iran by refusing to talk to him during nuclear negotiations in Vienna.
“The person responsible for the Iranian file in the American administration was sitting in Vienna and the Iranians insulted him and refused to speak to him,” Amos Yadlin, Director of the Domestic Security Studies Center at the Tel Aviv University told Israeli army radio on Wednesday.
According to Press TV, the talks began on Tuesday between Iran and the remaining signatories of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers.
An American delegation was also in Vienna, but the team led by Robert Malley, Special Envoy for Iran, did not take part in the talks as Iran has ruled out any direct or indirect engagement with Washington.
The US left the JCPOA in 2018 and reimposed the sanctions that the deal had lifted. Iran has repeatedly asserted that it would not enter any fresh talks with Washington unless it removes all the bans in one step and in a verifiable manner.
Both before and during the Vienna talks, the Islamic Republic reasserted its position, emphasizing that it would not engage in any direct or indirect talks with the US while it attends the negotiations in the Austrian capital.
US President Joe Biden has expressed an alleged willingness for Washington to return to the deal but has so far stopped short of taking any practical measures towards the purpose.
Apparently referring to Washington’s potential re-emergence as a JCPOA member, Yadlin said, “There is discussion about the stages in which they will return to the original agreement, which Israel thinks is very problematic.”
The Israeli regime played an essential role in instigating the previous US administration to leave the JCPOA.
Ever since Biden’s team floated the idea of a likely resumption of Washington’s participation in the accord, Tel Aviv has been sending clear signals through its officials and media outlets that it retains its opposition to the international agreement and removal of the anti-Iran sanctions.