US warns time is running out to resume talks on Iran nuclear deal

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on September 30 continued to warn that time was running out for Iran to return to the nuclear deal, and said Tehran needed to act.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks in Washington, DC, August 30, 2021. Photo: AFP
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks in Washington, DC, August 30, 2021. Photo: AFP

Speaking to the press in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during trade talks between the US and the European Union (EU), a US diplomat emphasized: "The ball is still at home (of Iran). , but not for long". Secretary of State Blinken also reiterated that President Joe Biden is ready to bring the US back to the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). According to Blinken, the Biden administration has engaged in indirect negotiations with Iran in the spirit of "good faith" for several months in Vienna (Austria) about returning to the JCPOA.

On the same day, within the framework of a visit to France, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the new government in Iran will make a decision on when to return to negotiations in Vienna in the next few weeks. According to Khatibzadeh, Iran will make every effort to complete the analysis process as soon as possible so as not to waste even a minute to return to the Vienna talks.

Earlier, speaking to Le Monde newspaper, Khatibzadeh said the new administration in Iran would return to negotiations faster than the administration of US President Joe Biden did. Negotiations resumed on April 6, 77 days after Biden took office as US President. Meanwhile, Khatibzadeh said that so far the new government in Iran has been in office for 50 days.

In May 2018, then-US President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the JCPOA and unilaterally re-imposed sanctions on Iran. In response, Tehran has gradually abandoned the implementation of its commitments in the agreement since May 2019. Currently, the parties are working to resume negotiations to restore this historic nuclear agreement. Iran has offered to suspend negotiations in June as the Islamic Republic conducts elections and forms a new government. To date, the parties have not set a date for the resumption of negotiations.

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