The U.S. State Department asserted that “we are prepared to return to a seventh round [of nuclear negotiations]… we’re not imposing a deadline on these talks, but… we are conscious that as time proceeds, Iran’s nuclear advances will have a bearing on our view of ultimately returning to the JCPOA”. A spokesperson went on to reiterate that “diplomacy is the most effective means at our disposal to achieve what we seek, and that is verifiably and permanently ensuring that Iran can never acquire a nuclear weapon”. The same day, Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson indicated that “we are close to the end of the Vienna talks. Some unresolved issues remain, but what matters is that the weight of unresolved issues far outweighs the unresolved issues… we hope that the other parties can make their own decisions so that we too can reach an agreement that will be in everyone’s interests”.
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