At UN, West frustrated by slow pace with Iran

UNITED NATIONS (HRNW) – The United States and European Union voiced frustration at the UN this week over the slow pace with Iran, saying its new government showed no indication it was ready to revive a nuclear accord.

“The window of opportunity is open and won t be open forever,” a senior US official told reporters Thursday after days of consultations with allies at the UN General Assembly.

Iran s new ultraconservative president, Ebrahim Raisi, strongly denounced the United States in a video address to the General Assembly Tuesday but indicated he backed a return to compliance with the 2015 accord as a way to lift sweeping sanctions imposed by former US president Donald Trump when he withdrew the United States.

But European nations said they heard nothing concrete as they met with Iran s new foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who came to New York for the annual General Assembly.

Trump s successor Joe Biden again said in his own address he wants to return to the accord, under which Iran drastically scaled back nuclear work. Since the United States left the deal in 2018, Iran retreated from many of its commitments.

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