The United States expects that the consultations around the nuclear deal with Iran will be lengthy but believes that in this case, diplomacy is the right way forward. This was announced on Tuesday at a regular briefing for journalists by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, commenting on the meetings in Vienna on the situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which is designed to resolve the nuclear issue of Iran.
“These discussions are taking place in Geneva (Vienna). They go through our European colleagues and partners. We expect them to have difficult stages. We expect it to be a long process. And we continue to believe that the diplomatic path is the right way forward,” the official representative of the US president said.
She declined to specify how Washington assesses the contacts that have already taken place. “This is only the first day. Let the team conducting the negotiations on the ground give more detailed assessments of how they think the negotiations went,” Psaki said. According to her, the United States sent its emissary to Vienna because it considered it “important to convey to the partners in the group “five plus one” its opinion that “diplomacy is the best way forward, the most appropriate way forward.”
At the same time, the press secretary of the head of the US administration confirmed that Washington is not set on easing the sanctions regime against Tehran until the full restoration of Iran’s compliance with its obligations under the JCPOA. “We expect that a major part of the negotiations, as I explained yesterday (on Monday), there will be a discussion on how Iran can return to compliance with all the provisions of the JCPOA, and what the US will need to do. But we have clearly signaled that we do not expect any steps at the moment; we will allow the negotiations to continue,” Psaki said when asked whether the US authorities intend to lift any restrictions against Tehran at this stage.