🧵 New from me: ‘Unbearably slow’: scant progress at latest Iran deal talks in Vienna, as negotiators head back for another round diplomatic.substack.com/p/unbearably-s…
“Look, they have not been making much progress, honestly...it made very, very little progress. So it was unbearably slow.”

Iran leadership may not want rapid progress at Vienna talks to result in a potential boost for moderate candidates ahead of presidential elections in June. Timeline “is just not conducive to rapid diplomatic process.” diplomatic.substack.com/p/unbearably-s…
Vienna negotiations in an “unclear place,” Jake Sullivan said Friday.
“We have seen willingness of all sides, including the Iranians, to talk seriously... But it is still uncertain if this will culminate in a deal in Vienna in the coming weeks.” diplomatic.substack.com/p/unbearably-s…
“I think the onus is on Iran. I think they need to come up w/answers to some of the questions…& take into account that they have made irreversible progress on [centrifuge] R&D, & come up with more realistic demands in terms of sanctions relief.” diplomatic.substack.com/p/unbearably-s…
While Iran political timeline may inhibit rapid progress before June polls, the expiration of a deal with IAEA May 21 and June IAEA Board meeting could cause more tensions, adding to time pressure diplomatic.substack.com/p/unbearably-s…
“Restoring the Iran deal will increase [IAEA] access,” @KelseyDav wrote. “The JCPOA contains the most robust monitoring regime ever negotiated.” diplomatic.substack.com/p/unbearably-s…

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