The US assured that time is running out for Iran to return to the nuclear agreement

The flags of Iran and the USA in front of a chessboard

The United States considers that after the last three weeks of talks in Vienna for the return to the nuclear agreement with Iran time is running out, although it assures that it is not an ultimatum, and has stressed that the country “is shortening the timeline” of extremely dangerous way.

“Iran is shortening the timetable…in ways that are extremely dangerous, and without the visibility that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had. It is very unfortunate. We should not be in this situation. We are doing everything we can to get back to where we should have been.”a senior US official has said.

In this sense, he stressed that they are “in the final stretch”, since the talks “cannot last forever” due to “Iran’s nuclear advances”: “This is not a prediction. It is not a threat. It is not an artificial deadline. It is just a requirement that we have indirectly conveyed to Iran and all of our partners.”

After these weeks of negotiations, he has said that “Unfortunately” it will not be possible to return to the nuclear agreement “and recover the benefits of non-proliferation that the agreement gave us”, although he stressed that it is not “an ultimatum”.

“We’ve been at this for about 10 months, and the last time we were in Vienna, the negotiations in January were among the most intense we’ve had to date. And we made progress by narrowing down the list of differences.”, he stressed, according to a statement from the State Department.

View of the US Department of State headquarters, in Washington,
View of the US Department of State headquarters, in Washington,

In this sense, the senior US official stressed that “it is time for political decisions”: “We will know sooner rather than later if we are back in the nuclear agreement and if Iran is back in the full implementation of its obligations or if We are going to have to face a different situation, a reality of growing tensions and crises.”

On the subject of direct talks, he stressed that the United States “is not asking Iran for a favor”, since in case of speaking “it is their decision”.

“If our goal is to come to an understanding quickly, which is what we need to do, and to avoid misunderstandings and to avoid miscommunication and to make sure that both sides know exactly what they’re getting into, the optimal way to do that in any negotiation is that the parties that have the most at stake meet directly”, he underlined.

“I think we have made it clear from the beginning that we are prepared to do whatever is necessary in terms of lifting those sanctions that are inconsistent with the nuclear agreement,” he has settled on this issue.


Regarding the hostages, two men imprisoned in Iran joined the hunger strike launched last week by several activists and former detainees to demand the release of foreign prisoners in the country.

Among them was Barry Rosen, a former US diplomat, and other dual nationals held in Iran as “hostages.” Tehran does not recognize dual nationality for those born in Iran.

Barry Rosen
Barry Rosen

“We are negotiating the release of detainees separately from the nuclear deal. As we have said, it is very difficult for us to imagine a return while four innocent Americans are behind bars or detained in Iran.”, the senior US official said on Monday.

Rosen is one of 52 Americans who were held at the US Embassy in Tehran during the 1979 Islamic Revolution. He began his hunger strike in Vienna to demand that Iran release all foreign nationals before renewing the nuclear deal between Iran and the major world powers.

“We want to emphasize in this that any news, any information about what is happening in the negotiations, in the talks about the release of detainees, must come, will come, from this Administration, from the State Department, from the White House. And I urge journalists and others in particular not to believe what they may see from other sources, particularly Iranian sources,” he said.


For its part, The Iranian regime has stressed this Monday that there may be a pact for the reactivation of the 2015 nuclear agreement if the United States accepts that it must comply with all its clauses and withdraws the sanctions imposed since 2018 against Tehran.

“Negotiations have made good progress over the last three weeks. There has been some slowness because the other side has not made decisions and has not shown initiatives,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Said Khatibzade said.

Thus, he stressed that the Iranian negotiating delegation bases its positions on a “national consensus” and “internal capacities” on the issue, as reported by the Iranian news agency Tasnim.

The talks for the return of the United States to the agreement and for Iran to return to the respect of its commitments were reactivated on November 29 in Vienna after the suspension of the contacts before the holding of the presidential elections in Iran, in which the the ultra-conservative Ebrahim Raisi.

Iran has announced the withdrawal of its commitments on several of the points of the agreement after the United States left the pact unilaterally in 2018, although the Iranian authorities have defended that these steps can be reversed if the United States withdraws the sanctions and returns to the agreement.

(With information from Europe Press)


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