WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The 2015 Iran nuclear deal can only be revived if Tehran drops its “superfluous” demands, the U.S. State Department said on Monday, adding that Washington believed anything that could be negotiated would had already been.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said the United States would respond to the European Union’s “final” text privately, without giving a deadline.
The EU asked Washington and Tehran for their answers on Monday, diplomats said. Iran has already announced that it will respond by Monday midnight.
“Iran must drop its unacceptable demands to achieve a mutual return to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). We have long viewed these demands as superfluous,” Ned Price said.
The JCPOA, signed in Vienna in 2015, has been shattered since former US President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement in 2018 and reinstated sanctions against Iran.
(Report Simon Lewis, Humeyra Pamuk and Arshad Mohammed; French version Camille Raynaud)