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1 February 2021

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken warned that “the time it would take Iran to produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon is down to, we think, a few months… it’s a problem that could get more acute, because if Iran continues to lift some of these restraints imposed by the [nuclear] agreement, that could get down to a matter of weeks”. He also underscored President Biden’s view that “if Iran returns to compliance with its obligations under the agreement, we would do the same thing… We would work with them [ie, U.S. allies] to get something that is longer and stronger, and also deal with some of the other challenges that Iran poses”. Discussing U.S. detainees in Iran, Binken asserted that “irrespective of any deal, those Americans need to be released. Period”. The same day, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, referring to Tehran and Washington wanting the other to resume compliance first, indicated that “there can be a mechanism to basically either synchronise it or coordinate what can be done”, suggesting the coordinator of the JCPOA Joint Commission, Josep Borrell, could “choreograph the actions”. An EU spokesperson subsequently indicated that “we're talking to the American administration to see if those sanctions could be lifted, to see if we can have full implementation of the JCPOA”.

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