U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Friday that the U.S. and other nations had suspended talks with Iran about returning to a nuclear deal because the regime did not seem “serious” about negotiations.
The Times of Israel reported:
United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that this week’s round of negotiations between world powers and Iran in Vienna was halted because Tehran does not seem to be serious about reaching an agreement with the US that would see a joint return to compliance with the nuclear agreement.
“What we’ve seen in the last couple of days is that Iran right now does not seem to be serious about doing what’s necessary to return to compliance, which is why we ended this round of talks in Vienna,” Blinken told Reuters.
The secretary of state said the US would now consult with its allies, including Israel, on how best to move forward. “And we will see if Iran has any interest in engaging seriously, but the window is very, very tight.”
The Iran deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was an agreement negotiated by President Barack Obama’s administration, under which the U.S. would agree to lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for Iran suspending or slowing its nuclear research for about a decade. The Obama administration misled the American public about the deal, falsely claiming that it covered Iran’s ballistic missile program, and refused to submit it to the Senate for ratification. more