Apr 22, 2021 15:13 UTC
  • US official: No guarantee future administrations will stay in Iran nuclear deal

US official: No guarantee future administrations will stay in Iran nuclear deal

“I think it’s clear there is no such thing as a guarantee,” the unnamed official was quoted as saying by the US State Department during a briefing on Wednesday, when asked about Iran’s insistence on getting a written guarantee from the US that a future administration will not exit the deal again.

The remarks came after the conclusion of another round of high-profile talks in Vienna, which began early this month, with the aim of restoring the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“This is a political understanding in which – and it was clear at the time of the JCPOA that it is the sovereign right of all participants to decide whether they want to maintain their participation or not,” the US official said.

The official said the Biden administration, should it reach an understanding with Iran and other parties to the JCPOA, would act in good faith, but there is “no such thing as a guarantee and I think, again, we have made that clear to Iran that it’s not something that the US can or will give.”

Without a firm guarantee from the US and in light of its past violations, observers say Iran has every right not to trust Washington’s intensions in the ongoing talks.

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