Secretary of State Antony Blinken assessed that “in the next day or so, will be in a position to judge whether Iran actually intends now to engage in good faith [regarding the JCPOA negotiations]… recent moves, recent rhetoric don’t give us a lot of cause for optimism. But even though the hour is getting very late, it is not too late for Iran to reverse course and engage meaningfully in an effort to return to mutual compliance with the JCPOA”. He further affirmed that “what Iran can’t do is sustain the status quo of building their nuclear program while dragging their feet on talks”. He also remarked that “we will continue to be in very close contact with Israel, as well as with other concerned countries including in the Gulf, about the status of the talks and our assessment of where this is going or where it’s not going”.
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