A U.S. diplomatic spokesperson reaffirmed that “an agreement [with Iran] is neither imminent nor certain. We are preparing for both scenarios; that is to say, a scenario in which we have a mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA and in which the original members of the JCPOA… that would once again reimpose stringent, verifiable, permanent limits on Iran’s ability to ever obtain and obtain a nuclear weapon, and a scenario in which we do not have a JCPOA but in which we will be equally committed to the President’s commitment that Iran will never be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon”. The following day, Iran’s foreign minister asserted that “some matters are still pending and they are related to lifting the unjust sanctions… the U.S. should move on the right track instead of wasting time. We are ready to reach a strong, good and lasting agreement as long [as] it does not cross the Islamic Republic of Iran’s red lines”.
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