Washington 0
14 July 2021

U.S. Special Representative for Iran Robert Malley indicated that “Iran has some decisions to make. They’re in the middle of their… their presidential transition. But I think those decisions need to be made and need to be made relatively soon if we are to reach a mutual deal of rejoining the JCPOA”. He further warned that “there will come a point – but we’re not there yet – but there will come a point where if Iran continues to advance its program and there’s no deal, then it will be very hard, if not impossible, to recapture the nonproliferation benefits that were negotiated in 2016”. “If we don’t reach a deal in the foreseeable future”, he added, “our experts will reach the conclusion that their advancement are irreversible, that they have acquired the kind of knowledge that you cannot put back and push back in the box. And at that point, we will have to consider negotiation for a different kind of deal. We want to avoid that”. 

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