Ebrahim Raisi was sworn in as Iran’s president, and asserted that “sanctions against Iran must be lifted and we will support any diplomatic plan that achieved this goal”. A U.S. diplomatic spokesperson indicated that “we hope that Iran seizes the opportunity now to advance diplomatic solutions and the diplomatic solutions that are before all of us… We are prepared to return to Vienna to resume negotiations”. The spokesperson also warned that “the opportunity to achieve a mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA won’t last forever. The longer this goes on, the advantages to our national security that would be accrued by a mutual return to compliance will start to chip away by the advancements that Iran is able to make while the shackles are at present removed from its nuclear program”.
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