Blinken: Talks with Iran cannot go on indefinitely

Secretary of State: We're committed to diplomacy, but this process cannot go on indefinitely. The ball remains in Iran's court.

Elad Benari ,

Antony Blinken
Antony Blinken
Reuters

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday that nuclear talks with Iran "cannot go on indefinitely" but that Washington was "fully prepared" to continue negotiations.

"We're committed to diplomacy, but this process cannot go on indefinitely... we look to see what Iran is ready to do or not ready to do and remain fully prepared to return to Vienna to continue negotiations," Blinken said during a visit to Kuwait on Thursday, according to AFP.

"The ball remains in Iran's court," he stressed.

Iran has gradually scaled back its compliance with the 2015 deal in response to former US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement in 2018, but has been holding indirect talks with the Biden administration on a return to the agreement.

However, Iran recently paused the talks and announced they will not resume before a new government takes office in August, following the presidential elections won by Ebrahim Raisi.

Raisi is an ultraconservative but has expressed support for the nuclear talks, arguing Iran needs an end to US sanctions.

Iran has insisted on a removal of all the sanctions that have been imposed on it as a precondition for returning to the deal, while the Biden administration has insisted that some will remain if they were imposed over other concerns, including human rights and Iran's support for extremist movements.



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