The senior official said the last three rounds of indirect talks between the United States and Iran in Vienna “helped crystallize the options,” but noted “nothing was agreed upon” on how to revive the nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“If Iran makes a political decision that it really wants to return to the JCPOA when the JCPOA is being negotiated, then it can be done relatively quickly and implementation can be relatively quick,” the official told reporters on condition of anonymity.
He added, “But we don’t know whether Iran has made that decision.”
“There is still a lot of work to be done in terms of agreeing on sanctions, nuclear measures, but also the order and schedule for implementing the steps that must be taken by both parties,” he said.
The official suggested it was possible for Washington and Tehran to regain mutual compliance in the next few weeks.
He stressed, “This is ultimately a matter of political decisions that need to be made in Iran.”
The US delegation will return to Vienna this week for a new round of indirect talks with Iran.
“We just have to see if the next round really moves forward, or if we are still faced with unrealistic demands by Iran,” the official said.
Senior Iranian negotiator at the Vienna talks Abbas Araqchi said last week that the negotiating parties had reached “commonalities in many cases,” but there were still differences.