Tehran 0
17 July 2021

Iran’s lead JCPOA negotiator indicated that “Vienna talks must… obviously await our new administration”; he further asserted that “the U.S. and the UK need to understand this and stop linking a humanitarian exchange—ready to be implemented—with the JCPOA…  Ten prisoners on all sides may be released tomorrow if the U.S. and the UK fulfill their part of deal”. The U.S. State Department described the remarks as “an outrageous effort to deflect blame for the current impasse”, and asserted that “there is no agreed deal yet on the matter of the detainees… While it would be more effective to make progress if we were meeting in Vienna, we are also prepared to continue with talks on detainees during this period”.

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