And now we see how the US just killed off these talks too, by explicitly claiming that Iran has no right to enrichment:
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: I don't believe any country - the United States does not believe any country has a right. That doesn't mean countries don't have enrichment programs. They do. So the issue is not -- when people say we have a right, then it means you can't put any limitations on it, you cannot stop it, you cannot question it, because it's an inherent right. We believe Iran does not have a right. We don't believe any country has a right.
QUESTION: Does that mean, though, that you will countenance Iran's possibility –
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: We have not -
QUESTION: — to enrich after a final review, or you won't countenance?
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: We have not gotten to the end of this story. We gotten to the end of this story. We need to first take a first step, stop the advance of Iran's program, so that we can have a serious discussion about how to meet the international community's concerns. These are not just our concerns. There is a -- there are UN Security Council resolutions, and there is a UN Security Council resolution that called for the suspension of Iran's enrichment program because they had not met their international obligations and responsibilities. All of this has to be addressed. That's what we're going to try to do.
(SOURCE: State Department Press Office, Office of the Spokesperson
November 6, 2013 - 2013/1358 -Background Briefing: Senior Administration Official Previewing Iran P5+1 Talks, November 6, 2013, Geneva, Switzerland.)
It is funny that if you read the entire transcript, this "Senior Administration Official" is pretty reticent to share any substance of the negotiations with the reporters, except for this particular one.
This is a remarkably ignorant statement to be made, and not just substantively on the law of the NPT (I'm sure many signatories will have something to say about it, as Turkey and Brazil and several other countries representing the majority of the world's nations, have explicitly backed Iran on this point of the right to enrichment)
But even if the position of the US is that there is no right to enrichment, by explicity stating it so, the US has now made it impossible for any deal to go through. Any sort of compromise now reached and agreed to by Iran under these conditions of non-recognition of Iran's rights under the NPT, would amount to an at least tacit approval and endorsement by Iran of the idea that the US has a veto power over Iran's (and by implication, everyone else's) NPT rights. Any agreement now worked out will always be tainted as Iran's giving up its rights.
Maybe Iran could have accepted some sort of additional restriction and limitation on its nuclear program outside of the NPT; it was willing to in the past, and actually has done so for a long time, but now that the US has outright and blatantly denied Iran's rights, the issue cannot be finessed away. It is now made front-and-center thanks to this Senior Govt Spokesman. It has to be dealt with or else no legitimate deal can happen. The negotiators know full well that if they even appear to be accepting that Iran does not have a right to enrichment, there will be hell to pay, and the IRI might as well a start packing because the regime will otherwise stand accused of selling Iran's rights in order to stay in power.
And I don't think this is an accident -- I think the US continues to deliberately impose outlandish and illegal demands in order to undermine any chance of the talks working out, as in numerous instances in the past.
No, sorry, this ridiculous claim evinces a continued fundamental bad faith by the US in the talks.
In short, this is yet another set-up. In the past, they made Iran's abandomnet of her absolute and unquestionable rights into a precondition on talks, now they're a condition for the talks being successful -- the same game though.
Of course the Senior Govt Spokesman claims that "no country" has this right, but frankly I don't see the US justifying its nuclear pursuits, weapons related and otherwise, to the so-called 'World Community" under threats of sanctions and attacks, and this pathetic attempt to falsely portray Iran as being dealt with on an even-handed basis is just an additional insult to injury. Apparently they think Iranians are stupid.