The US and Iran said that there has been progress in the indirect negotiations in Vienna for the sides to return to compliance with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal.
After weeks in which the US and E3 – France, Germany and United Kingdom – expressed doubts that Iran was taking the talks seriously, and even Russia lamented “maximalist demands” by the Islamic Republic, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said steps have been taken towards a restoration of the JCPOA.
“What we can say at this point is that there was some modest progress in the talks last week; we hope to build on that this week,” Price said at the State Department press briefing on Tuesday. “What is clear is that if we do not soon reach an understanding on a mutual return to compliance, Iran’s accelerating nuclear steps will increasingly diminish the nonproliferation benefits of the JCPOA.”
He said that the US will “be watching very closely,” to determine “whether the Iranians are as sincere and as steadfast as we have been in seeking a mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA.”