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.

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.

Source » presstv