President Biden asserted that “it’s not time to give up [on the JCPOA negotiations]. There is some progress being made. The P5+1 is on the same page. But it remains to be seen”. The following day, senior U.S. and E3 diplomats met and underscored “the urgency of reaching an understanding on mutual return to full implementation of the JCPOA before developments in Iran’s nuclear program foreclose the possibility”. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that “we are, indeed, at a decisive moment. We can bring these talks to a successful conclusion and address the core concerns of all sides, but time is running out”. Blinken acknowledged “some modest progress” in the Vienna talks, but cautioned: “We are not where we need to be. And if we don’t get there very soon, we will have to take a different course… [the U.S. and E3] discussed together the steps that we would take together if Iran refuses to return to compliance with the agreement on terms that are acceptable to all of us”.
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