AFP SAUL LOEB
A US official said that returning to the nuclear deal with Iran is not a question of who will take the first step for the United States, indicating that Washington may show some flexibility in this regard.
Reuters quoted the official, who requested anonymity, as saying that “the issue is not about who takes the first step … rather, are we in agreement on what steps will be taken mutually?”
He added, “Our position is not at all that Iran must return to full commitment before we do anything.”
He continued, “If we agree on mutual steps, the issue of sequencing will not be important. I do not know who will move first, and we may or may be simultaneous.”
And US President Joe Biden had said earlier that “Tehran must return to strict adherence to the deal, and if it does so, I will return to the agreement.”
For its part, Iran stressed the need for the United States to return to the deal signed in 2015, and to lift the sanctions imposed by former US President Donald Trump on the Islamic Republic.