The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, asserted that “we will remain in the Vienna talks until we reach a ‘strong agreement’ that meets all our legal and logical demands”. Relatedly, Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson indicated that “there are still two or three main clauses between Iran and the U.S. that need to be resolved… In addition, the issue of Russia’s request is a new development”. The same day, the Russian foreign ministry stated that a return to the JCPOA would require “restoring a balance between the nuclear and economic aspects of the deal, as well as between the relevant interests of all the parties”. A U.S. diplomatic spokesperson highlighted that “if external factors make JCPOA reimplementation impossible, we will of course be open to diplomatic alternatives”.
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