The United States is waiting for a sixth round of negotiations on a return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran, according to State Department spokesman Ned Price.
Price stressed in a press conference that after “the fifth round” it is expected “that there will be a sixth” and has stated that “almost all expectations” indicate that there will be more rounds beyond that.
The State Department spokesman pointed out that the US side was neither “pessimistic nor optimistic” about the talks and reiterated that its goal was “to return Iran to the strictest verification and oversight regime ever negotiated has been”.
Price stressed that progress had been made in the Vienna negotiations but noted some challenges for Iran and the United States to resume compliance with the agreement.
“There are doubts about the seriousness of the intent and determination of all parties to regain compliance with the agreement (…). There is still a long way to go,” he added.
He also stated that “there have been five rounds of indirect discussions on the Iranian side about the steps they should take to re-comply with the 2015 nuclear deal”. “For our part, there has been discussions about sanctions that may be incompatible with the 2015 nuclear deal, sanctions that were imposed after the last government abandoned the JCPOA in 2018,” he continued.
It also had an impact on the fact that there were “not overcome” obstacles in the five rounds of talks, which were due to the fact that these were “indirect” and “complex questions” were dealt with.
“As a necessary but insufficient step, we are trying to return to mutual compliance. We are ready to honor the deal again, knowing that the benefits we would reap if Iran did the same would be deeply in our own hands. ”I say it is necessary but not sufficient because there are follow-up steps that we’d like to see from there, “Price added.
Therefore, he added that what the United States would like to see next would be “a longer and stronger nuclear deal to address some of the issues it raised, and follow-up agreements to address the wider range of threats and challenges, that we see from “. of the Iranian regime. : Support for proxy in the region, support for terrorism and terrorist groups, their destabilizing activities, their human rights abuses “.
Iran, in response to the United States’ decision to unilaterally withdraw from the agreement and impose sanctions, has announced that it will withdraw its commitments on several points of the agreement, which has feared a possible collapse among the other signatories of the pact.
However, the Iranian authorities have repeatedly argued that these steps can be reversed if Washington withdraws the measures adopted by the Donald Trump administration since 2018 and rejoins the agreement.
In this context, the Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, warned last week that Iran is enriching uranium at levels “only reached by countries that make atomic bombs”, stressing that the situation is very worrying .