US says unclear Iran ready for nuclear pact return

US says unclear Iran ready for nuclear pact return

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Washington: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday that it remains unclear whether Iran is “ready and willing” to take the necessary steps to return to compliance with the multination nuclear agreement.

Speaking ahead of a fifth round of talks in Vienna on rescuing that deal, Blinken was asked about Iranian reports that Washington had already agreed to lift some of the sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy.

“We know what sanctions would need to be lifted if they re inconsistent with the nuclear agreement,” he said on ABC s “This Week”.

He added that, more importantly, “I think Iran knows what needs to be done to restore nuclear compliance. We have not yet seen whether Iran is ready and willing to make a decision.

“That s the test and we don t yet have an answer.”

Donald Trump in 2017 walked away from the deal, saying Tehran had violated its “spirit” and remained a regional threat. His successor Joe Biden wants to revive the plan, and Blinken has been working with the other signatories toward that end.

To do this, Washington must first agree to lift Trump’s reinstated sanctions, and Tehran must commit to abide by the terms of the agreement.

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