US says 'no indication' Iran wants to return to nuclear deal talks

US says ‘no indication’ Iran wants to return to nuclear deal talks


United Nations: The United States said on Thursday that Iran has not hinted that it wants to return to the deadlocked negotiations to restart the Iran nuclear agreement.

“For now, there is definitely no sign that Iran is ready to make a comeback… and try to solve the remaining problems,” said a senior US official.

Western countries are trying to build momentum at the UN General Assembly in New York this week to initiate the agreement.

President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement in 2018 and restored sanctions on Iran that Washington lifted as part of the agreement.

Since then, Tehran has also given up many promises.

Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, said he hopes to return to the agreement, but his administration is impatient with the deadlocked negotiations.

“We don t have direct interaction with the Iranians so it s hard for us to assess levels of optimism and pessimism,” said the official in a briefing to journalists.

He said “nothing has happened” to make the United States optimistic.

“We ve not heard anything through indirectly about a date, or about Iran s intentions to continue the work that was begun in Vienna and try to close those gaps.

“The window opportunity is open and won t be open forever,” he added.

The Joint Comprehensive Action Plan is an agreement reached by the United States, China, Russia, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom on Tehran’s nuclear program in 2015 with Iran.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters on the sidelines of the annual high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week that since Iran elected a new president in June, negotiations have not resumed.

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