Deputy Head of the press service of the State Department, Jalina Porter, confirmed that the American delegation would participate in the next round of negotiations next week.
The US administration believes that the multilateral consultations in Vienna are helping to outline ways for the US and Iran to return to the deal on Tehran’s nuclear program. This was announced on Wednesday at a regular briefing for journalists by the deputy head of the press service of the State Department, Jalina Porter, commenting on the results of a new meeting in Vienna of the Joint Commission on the Iran Nuclear Deal.
“I will continue to emphasize that these last two rounds of discussions have helped to give a clear form to the options for decisions that Iran and the United States need to take to return to mutual compliance with the JCPOA,” the official representative of the US Foreign Ministry said. The JCPOA is a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that was signed with Iran by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany in 2015 to resolve the crisis over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear developments. The previous US President, Donald Trump, decided in 2018 to withdraw from the JCPOA.
“I can’t give you any specifics,” Porter said of the ongoing discussions in Vienna. At the same time, she confirmed that the American delegation would take part in the next round of negotiations next week. “Our Special Envoy [for Iran], Robert Malley, will return to Washington for consultations by the end of this week at the end of the fourth round of discussions [in Vienna]. And the delegation will go to Vienna for the fifth round of negotiations early next week,” the American diplomat said. The current head of the US administration, Joe Biden, has repeatedly signaled his readiness to return the US to the JCPOA. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned on March 2 in a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that the JCPOA is not negotiable, and the only way to preserve it is to lift Washington’s sanctions against Tehran. Meanwhile, the US offers to cancel only those restrictions that go against the provisions of the nuclear deal.