The government of Iran on Monday called on the US not to link the 2015 nuclear pact with the release of American prisoners from Iran as it slow down indirect talks between the two countries.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the main reason behind the slow pace of the Vienna nuclear talks is the US’s lack of readiness and irrelevant pre-conditions.
The remarks were made just days after the US Special Envoy for Iran, Robert Malley said it is “hard for us to imagine” a return to the nuclear deal without the release of prisoners.
Malley told Reuters that the US is unlikely to strike an agreement with Iran to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal unless Tehran releases four US citizens.
“They’re separate and we’re pursuing both of them. But I will say it is very hard for us to imagine getting back into the nuclear deal while four innocent Americans are being held hostage by Iran,” Malley said.
Recently, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that talks with Iran about a mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA have reached a decisive moment, but he warned that time was running out.
During a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Blinken also said that the Iran nuclear deal was an example of how Moscow and Washington could work together on security issues.
Blinken also called on Russia to use its influence on Tehran and “impress upon Iran that sense of urgency.”
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