US: Iran talks, don't expect 'immediate' success

The State Department says the US is not expecting an "early or immediate" breakthrough during the indirect Iran nuclear-limit talks that begin tomorrow in Vienna. (April 5)

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NED PRICE: We have agreed to participate in talks with our European, Russian, and Chinese partners, the P5+1 partners who remain party to the JCPOA, to discuss the issues involved in a mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA, mutual meaning on the part of Iran and on the part of the United States.

We don't underestimate the scale of the challenges ahead. These are early days. We don't anticipate an early or immediate breakthrough, as these discussions, we fully expect, will be difficult. But we do believe that these discussions with our partners and, in turn, our partners with Iran is a healthy step forward.

They'll be structured around working groups that are European-- that the EU is going to form with the remaining parties to the JCPOA. And that includes Iran. The primary issues to be discussed are actually quite simple. They're, on the one hand, the nuclear steps that Iran would need to take in order for Iran to return to that desired end state-- and again, that is an end state of compliance with the JCPOA-- and the sanctions relief steps that the United States would need to take in order for us to return to compliance with the JCPOA.

Iran getting back into compliance would mean the strict and verifiable limits on Iran's nuclear program, permanent limits on Iran's nuclear program. They will also discuss the sanctions relief that the United States would be prepared to take. And of course, we'll continue to be guided by what the original JCPOA called for.

We don't anticipate at present that there will be direct talks with Iran, though of course we remain open to them. And so we'll have to see how things go.