State Department: Iran Nuclear Deal Could Be Off Due to Tehran’s Actions

According to the State Department, further negotiations with Iran on a return to mutual compliance with commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) may soon become meaningless due to Tehran’s actions.

The head of the State Department’s press service, Ned Price said that “there is little time left” to reach a deal at the Vienna consultations.

“If we do not soon reach an understanding on a return to mutual compliance, Iran’s accelerating nuclear moves will devalue the benefits of the JCPOA, and we will have to consider other options for further action,” the US official said.

“This is about weeks, not months,” Price stressed. The JCPOA was signed by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany with Iran in 2015 to overcome the crisis over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Former US President Donald Trump decided in 2018 to withdraw from the JCPOA. The current head of the US administration, Joe Biden, has repeatedly signaled its readiness to return the United States to a nuclear deal with Tehran.

The Vienna group (Russia, Great Britain, Germany, China, the United States, and France) has been holding talks with Iran on restoring the JCPOA in its original form since April.

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