A U.S. diplomatic spokesperson remarked that “we are prepared to make difficult decisions to return Iran’s nuclear program to its JCPOA limits”, while highlighting: “There has been significant progress in recent weeks, but… an agreement is neither imminent nor is it certain. And in fact, we are preparing equally for scenarios with and without a mutual return to full implementation of the JCPOA”. The official went on to note that “Iran is unjustly detaining innocent Americans and others, and should release them immediately”. The following day, Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian indicated that “about the few, but very important remaining issue we have presented initiatives… Now it is the Americans who should prove the good will that they claim to have in practice to us”.
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