US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (File Photo)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (File Photo)

Unclear whether Iran is ready to return to nuclear deal: Blinken

ANI | Updated: May 24, 2021 04:35 IST

Washington DC [US], May 24 (ANI): US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday (local time) said that it remains unclear whether Tehran is willing to take steps to return to compliance with the Iran nuclear deal.
In an interview with CNN, Blinken said, "The outstanding question, the question that we don't have an answer to yet, is whether Iran, at the end of the day, is willing to do what is necessary to come back into compliance with the agreement."
The State Secretary said that the indirect talks between Washington and Tehran in Vienna had clarified what each side needs to do to come back into compliance with the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"And what we haven't yet seen is whether Iran is ready and willing to make a decision to do what it has to do. That's the test and we don't yet have an answer," he added.
The United States and the remaining parties to the JCPOA -- Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia -- will reconvene next week for the fifth-round talks in Vienna, in a bid to revive the nuclear deal.
On Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran would continue nuclear talks until a final agreement is reached, the IRNA news agency reported.
Rouhani on Thursday had said that the "main agreement" to revive the nuclear deal had already been reached in the talks, and Iran's counterparts have agreed on the need to lift "all main sanctions."
The U.S. government under former President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Iran. In response to actions undertaken by US, Iran gradually stopped implementing parts of its JCPOA commitments. (ANI)