Washington urges Iran to return to negotiations on a nuclear deal as soon as possible, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stressed.
Blinken said the US is running out of patience, and the fact that Iran continues to expand its nuclear capabilities could lead Washington to conclude that a return to the 2015 nuclear deal no longer makes sense.
“We do not yet have an agreement with Iran to return to negotiations in Vienna. We are ready to return to Vienna and continue negotiations. The question is whether Iran is ready to do this,” Blinken said.
Blinken also stressed that if negotiations do not resume, the US will at some point decide that Iran is no longer interested in the benefits offered by the agreement.
“The opportunity to return to mutual compliance is not endless. At some point in the future, we will get to the point where just going back to mutual adherence to the JCPOA will not bring us any benefits,” Blinken reiterated.