The United States considers it possible for Washington and Tehran to return to full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program at the next meeting in Vienna. A high-ranking representative of the State Department stated this on Thursday during a special telephone briefing.
“Is it possible that we will see a mutual return in the coming weeks or an understanding regarding the return? It is possible. Time will tell, as this is a matter of a political solution that is required on the part of Iran,” he said.
The United States adheres to the principle of “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” at the talks on Iran’s nuclear program in Vienna, and there is no agreement between the parties yet, the State Department added.
“There is no agreement on some [individual] issues and no negotiations on others. Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. I believe that this principle also applies in this case. There is still a lot of work to be done – in terms of sanctions, steps in the nuclear sphere, as well as the sequence and schedules of steps that the parties need to take,” the US Foreign Ministry official said.
According to him, “nothing has been agreed.” “Nothing has been agreed at this stage. There is a more significant overlap [of opinions] on some issues, less overlap on others,” the American diplomat explained. “As I said,” he said, “the United States has made clear what steps it is willing to take to return to full compliance with the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] when it comes to sanctions relief so that Iran can enjoy the benefits that the deal provided.”
“And Iran, of course, must agree to this, and they put forward demands that, in our opinion, exceeded what should happen for us [the US] to return to compliance [with the nuclear deal]. And, by the way, we believe that they [the Iranians] have not yet agreed on the steps they should take to return to compliance with their nuclear obligations,” the State Department official added.