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U.S. Says Deal ‘In Sight,’ But Warns Iran That Time Is Running Out for Nuclear Deal

The Vienna negotiations — attended by Britain, China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, and indirectly the United States — had broken off on January 28 to allow diplomats to return to their capitals for consultations.
A meeting of JCPOA participants in Vienna in January.
A meeting of JCPOA participants in Vienna in January.

Washington has again warned Iran it is running out of time to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement, telling Tehran it will be impossible to return to the landmark accord if a deal is not struck within the next few weeks.

“Our talks with Iran have reached an urgent point,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on February 9.

“A deal that addresses the core concerns of all sides is in sight. But if it’s not reached in the coming weeks, Iran’s ongoing nuclear advances will make it impossible for us to return to the JCPOA,” she said, using the acronym for the deal’s official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Psaki noted that Rob Malley, the U.S. special envoy for Iran, has traveled to Vienna for indirect talks with Iran on the possibility of both sides restarting pact compliance.

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