The UK, Germany and France jointly stated that “we still have not been able to get down to real negotiations… Time is running out. Without swift progress, in light of Iran's fast-forwarding of its nuclear program, the JCPOA will very soon become an empty shell”. “We are losing precious time dealing with new Iranian positions inconsistent with the JCPOA or that go beyond it”, the E3 added. The following day, Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated: “we continue in this hour, on this day, to pursue diplomacy because it remains, at this moment, the best option. But we are actively engaging with allies and partners on alternatives”. Relatedly, Iran’s top negotiator in Vienna asserted that “the sanctions, which are in contradiction and inconsistent with the JCPOA, need to be removed immediately. These sanctions have been imposed either during the Obama, Trump, or Biden administrations. All of them need to be removed”.
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