After media reports citing unnamed U.S. officials indicated that Washington had plans to offer “a new proposal to jump-start the [nuclear] talks”, Iran’s permanent mission to the UN maintained that Tehran “is in touch with the remaining participants in the JCPOA. No proposal is needed for the U.S. to rejoin the JCPOA. It only requires a political decision by the U.S. to fully and immediately implement all of its obligations under the accord and abide by UNSCR 2231”. Relatedly, an anonymous Iranian official asserted that “20 per cent uranium enrichment… will be stopped only if the U.S. lifts all the sanctions”, adding: “The Biden administration is losing time, and if it fails to lift the sanctions soon, Iran will take the next steps, which will be further reduction of its JCPOA commitments”. A White House spokesperson subsequently indicated that “we remain ready to re-engage in meaningful diplomacy to achieve a mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA commitments. And that offer to discuss and engage is on the table”.
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