A U.S. diplomatic spokesperson affirmed that the EU “continues to convey messages and is working to bring these [JCPOA] negotiations to a successful conclusion”, and added: “If Iran wants sanctions-lifting that goes beyond the JCPOA, they’ll need to address concerns of ours that go beyond the JCPOA. If they do not want to use these talks to resolve other bilateral issues, then we are confident we can very quickly reach an understanding on the JCPOA and begin to reimplement the deal itself. It is Iran that needs to make this decision”. The spokesperson also discussed four U.S. citizens held in Iran, indicating that “we are continuing to do everything we can to see to it that these individuals are returned to their families just as soon as possible. There may be other cases that we are prioritising as well”.
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