The US no longer considers reaching an agreement with Iran to renew the JCPOA a priority From IFX

The United States does not see the point in continuing to focus on reaching an agreement with Iran to renew the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and intends to focus on other issues, US Iran Representative Robert Malley said. “What's the point? Why do we have to point this out if Iran comes back with demands that are unacceptable? For now, we're not going to focus on the nuclear deal because we can't keep going back and allowing ourselves to be played” , the official said in an interview with Bloomberg. According to him, “Iran is not interested in a deal, and we are focused on other things,” in particular, on arms supplies to Russia attributed to Tehran and the internal situation in the Islamic Republic. Nevertheless, as Malli said, contacts between representatives of the European Union and Iran continue, and negotiations are not officially suspended.

Earlier, John Kirby, a spokesman for the US National Security Council, said that Washington did not consider it possible to achieve a return to compliance with the terms of the JCPOA in the near future. “It's not that we don't want the resumption of the JCPOA. Of course we do. It's just that we're not in a position right now where we can achieve a likely outcome anytime soon,” he said.

First US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman also said that negotiations to restore the JCPOA had stalled because of Tehran's position.

The previous US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the JCPOA in 2018 and renewed anti-Iranian sanctions, including in relation to the oil sector, which prompted Tehran to gradually refuse to comply with some of the terms of the deal. The current US President Joe Biden has declared his readiness to return to the deal under certain conditions.

Iran, the UK, Germany, China, France and Russia held several rounds of negotiations in Vienna to restore the JCPOA. The United States does not directly participate in them.


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