Washington calls on Tehran to exercise “nuclear restriction”
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said the eighth round of talks in Vienna, which seek to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, had made only “modest progress.”
He called on Tehran to “show restraint” as its accelerated nuclear measures will reduce the benefits of the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
During a daily press briefing on Tuesday night, Price said: “There has been some modest progress in the talks over the past week. We hope to build on that this week.
He also noted the return of US special envoy to Iran Robert Malley to Vienna after a short break over the New Year’s holidays.
He continued: “What is clear is that if we do not quickly reach an agreement on a mutual return to compliance, Iran’s accelerated nuclear measures will increasingly diminish the non-proliferation benefits. of the JCPOA. “
Price linked the issue of sanctions relief to Iran’s nuclear measures, saying: “Even though there has been progress, the basic situation really remains … Iran must show restraint in its nuclear program and seriously pursue negotiations in Vienna.
He added that the United States “will be watching very closely” to determine “whether the Iranians are as sincere and determined as we have been in seeking a mutual return to respect for the JCPOA.”
In a joint press conference with her American counterpart Antony Blinken in Washington, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Germany and the United States are moving in the same direction to return to mutual respect for the agreement. nuclear.
“We are moving in the same direction as far as Iran is concerned and the talks and negotiations are entering a crucial phase,” Baerbock said.
“Iran has wasted a lot of confidence and there isn’t a lot of time,” she added.