The seventh round of JCPOA negotiations concluded with a Joint Commission session. A senior U.S. official indicated that proceedings were “better than it might have been… worse that it should have been, which leaves us in an uncertain position”. “We now have a common understanding of what the text will be that will serve as the basis for negotiations on nuclear issues”, the official asserted. “What we’ve done is define the items on the agenda that need to be discussed. They have not been discussed, let alone resolved in this round”. The official added: “regardless of whatever progress was made, the pace at which we are moving won’t suffice to save the JCPOA… the pace needs to accelerate, or Iran’s nuclear program has to – they have to curb their nuclear program and exercise genuine self-restraint”. Iran’s top negotiator maintained that “we have made good progress this week… and will continue the talks after a break of a few days”.
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