‘Iran not ready for nuclear talks until Ebrahim Raisi takes over’

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Iran is not ready to renew negotiations on coming again into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal until Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi’s administration has begun, a diplomatic supply stated on Wednesday.

The supply, who spoke on situation of anonymity, stated Iran had conveyed this to European officers performing as interlocutors within the oblique US-Iranian negotiations and that the present pondering is the Vienna talks will not resume earlier than mid-August.

“They are not prepared to come back before the new government,” stated the supply, saying it was not clear whether or not this meant until Raisi formally takes over on Aug. 5 or until his authorities is in place. “We are now talking probably not before mid-August,” added the supply.

Talks started in April on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, formally named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), however have appeared caught since their sixth spherical ended on June 20, with no signal when they could resume.

The settlement, which Democratic former President Barack Obama negotiated and Republican former President Donald Trump deserted, struck a stability between Iran accepting limits to its nuclear program in return for reduction from financial sanctions.

A US State Department spokesperson confirmed that Iran had requested for extra time due to its presidential transition.

“We were prepared to continue negotiating but the Iranians requested more time to deal with their presidential transition,” stated the State Department spokesperson.

“When Iran is done with its process, we are prepared to plan our return to Vienna to continue with our talks,” she added. “We remain interested in seeking mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA, though as (Secretary of State Antony Blinken) has made clear, this offer will not be on the table indefinitely.”

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