The UN under-secretary-general presented the thirteen biannual report, dated 23 June, regarding Security Council Resolution 2231’s implementation, urging both Iran and the U.S. “to resolve the remaining issues” preventing restoration of the JCPOA. The U.S. ambassador told the Security Council that “a deal has been available since March, but we can only conclude a deal, and implement it, if Iran drops its additional demands that are outside the scope of the JCPOA”, adding: “Iran has yet to demonstrate any real urgency to conclude a deal, end the current nuclear crisis and achieve important sanctions lifting”. Iran’s envoy asserted that “Iran has demanded verifiable and objective guarantees… [as] the minimum requirements for determining the deal’s long-term viability”. “The ball is in [the] U.S.’s court and if the U.S. acts realistically and shows its serious intention to implement its obligations, the agreement is not out of reach”, he added.
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