Saudi FM warns of ‘dangerous’ Iran nuclear acceleration

Fordow Uranium Conversion Facility in the northern city of Qom (AFP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said Iran’s acceleration of its nuclear activities is putting the world in a “very dangerous place”.

The Saudi foreign minister called for a “quick suspension” of Iranian activities in violation of the agreement under which Tehran curbed its nuclear program in return for economic sanctions relief, according to Reuters.

He also urged a “quick resumption” of indirect talks between the United States and Iran.

“I think we are in a very dangerous place. The fact that we continue to see acceleration of those activities … leads to the devaluation of the JCPOA [Iran nuclear agreement],” Reuters quoted him as saying on Friday.

He made the remarks at a news conference in Washington a day after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi, who took office in August, has so far refused to resume the indirect talks in Vienna.

U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration wants to negotiate a return to compliance with the deal after his predecessor Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions, after which Iran resumed building its stockpile of enriched uranium.

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