US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during the OECD Meeting, in Paris, October 6, 2021

Blinken Says US And Russia Have Shared View On Restoring Iran Nuclear Deal

10/7/2021

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has again warned in Paris that time is running out for reaching an agreement on restoring the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Blinken said on Wednesday that he has spoken with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on restoring Iran's nuclear deal with the world powers and that Moscow and Washington had a shared interest restarting talks as soon as possible.

"We had an opportunity to compare notes on where we stand and where we hope to go," Blinken said at a news conference.

Lavrov said that talks to restore the deal "should be resumed as soon as possible." But Lavrov stressed that the world wants the US to “return to the obligations of the nuclear deal” and in reference to US sanctions, stop the "illegal restrictions on Iran and all of its trading partners," he said.

"The United States and Russia, I think, (are) sharing an interest in seeing a mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA … We had an opportunity to compare notes on where we stand, and where we hope to go," Blinken said at a press conference in Paris.

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