Secretary of State Antony Blinken remarked that “Iran [is] continuing to try to inject extraneous issues… into the [nuclear] negotiation, that simply have no place there. So, they have to decide, and decide very quickly, if they wish to proceed with what has been negotiated and which could be completed quickly if Iran chose to do so”. Blinken also maintained that Iran’s response to an 8 June IAEA resolution would “make things even more challenging, including a return to the JCPOA as it… One of the great benefits of the JCPOA was the most comprehensive and complete monitoring and inspections regime of any arms control agreement yet put in place. If the Iranians are dismantling that at the same time, then I think that makes the possibilities of return to compliance even more remote”.
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