Washington Says Modest Progress Made in Iran Talks Last Week

Although it hopes to build on the progress made in the Vienna talks during this week’s indirect negotiations, Washington will stay vigilant to determine if and how sincere is Iran about re-joining the JCPOA, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said.

Vienna talks among Iran and the West over Tehran’s returning to compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal resumed on January 3 and are currently ongoing.

Speaking at the State Department press briefing on Tuesday, Price confirmed modest progress was made during the talks but noted that if they fail to reach an understanding on a mutual return to compliance soon, the nonproliferation benefits of the JCPOA will be diminished by Iran’s accelerating nuclear steps.

He noted that achieving a mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA remains in the United States’ national interest because the deal’s nonproliferation benefits are the best outcome when it comes to that.

However, Price stressed that those facts will not stay true for long since Iran continues to diminish the utility of the guarantees that the 2015 deal could be revived continuing with its nuclear steps.

With regard to the possible sanctions relief and the future steps that the US might take, Price stressed that depends solely on the negotiations that are ongoing in Vienna at the moment and on the nuclear steps that Iran would need to take along with the restraint it must exercise in its nuclear program.

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