15 August 2023

Secretary of State Antony Blinken asserted that “nothing about our overall approach to Iran has changed. We continue to pursue a strategy of deterrence, of pressure and diplomacy... We’ve been clear that Iran must de-escalate to create space for future diplomacy. This development - that is, the move of our detainees out of prison and to home detention - is not linked to any other aspect of our Iran policy”. He went on to assert that “we would welcome any steps that Iran takes to actually de-escalate the growing nuclear threat... There is no agreement between us on nuclear matters”.

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