Secretary of State Antony Blinken remarked that “we still have serious differences with Iran with regard to returning to mutual compliance with the JCPOA… We’ll see if we can bridge the differences, but they’re real, and we have to be able to bridge them”. He further noted that “if Iran continues to spin ever more sophisticated centrifuges at higher degrees, if it pursues other aspects of its program that were prohibited by the JCPOA, there will come a point… where it will be very hard to return back to the standards set by the JCPOA of ensuring extensive breakout time… which I think adds some urgency to this effort. But we haven’t reached that point”. Blinken went on to argue that “we have a national interest in trying to put the nuclear problem back in the box that it was in under the JCPOA… irrespective of individuals, irrespective of leaders”.
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