WASHINGTON – The Iranians haven’t done anything in recent weeks to suggest that they are eager to re-enter the 2015 nuclear deal, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said in a press briefing on Monday.
“Every day that they drag their feet or every day that is filled with nothing but silence on their end, it’s an indication to us that they are not serious and that they are not ready to re-enter the JCPOA on a mutual basis,” Price said.
“For our part, we’re not dragging our feet,” he continued. The US is working with allies and partners to determine if there is an opportunity to return to mutual compliance with the JCPOA. “And we’re pursuing that for a reason that is extraordinarily simple, and that is because it’s still in our interest to do so,” he said.
“We are clear-eyed about the circumstances,” said Price. “We are clear-eyed about our Iranian interlocutors.” For that reason the US has been “preparing equally for scenarios in which there is a mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA, and a scenario in which there is not a mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA.” READ MORE
He went on to say “that was a focus of President Biden’s trip to Israel, and to Saudi Arabia.”