When asked about the length of the negotiation process, the head of the press service of the State Department, Ned Price, noted that there is a “long road ahead.”
The US Special Envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, will travel to Vienna on Tuesday for talks on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program. This was announced on Monday at a regular briefing by the head of the press service of the State Department, Ned Price.
“Special Envoy Malley returns to Vienna earlier this week. I think it will go on Tuesday. We have completed two rounds of indirect negotiations,” he said. “The Special Envoy and his team will return to Vienna.”
Asked about the length of the negotiation process, Price said there was a “long road ahead.” “I think you heard from representatives of the State Department last week that there is still a long road to go. More needs to be done than has been done,” he said.
“We have successfully negotiated with Iran in the past in the framework of the “five plus one.” This is the same framework as now,” the head of the press service continued. “Our goal remains to determine, through indirect negotiations, whether we can do this [reach an agreement] again.” According to him, the task is to reach a verifiable agreement that would prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. “[Iran’s nuclear weapons] will not be in the interests of the United States, nor in the interests of our European partners, nor the interests of China and Russia,” Price said.