“I don’t think the Supreme Leader of Iran wants to cut the deal,” MI6 chief Richard Moore told CNN’s Jim Sciutto at the Aspen Security Forum. reasons “I think a deal is absolutely on the table and the European powers and the administration here are very, very clear about that, and I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to stand in the way of it. But I don’t. I think the Iranians want it.”
A senior US official suggested on Friday that there is still a chance to save the deal.
Victoria Nuland, the secretary of state’s political adviser, suggested Tehran was still interested in a deal, noting that “they haven’t fallen off the table” and that “they could have done it in a few months, but they haven’t gone” where the deal is sitting. .
Nuland said it was up to Iran and ultimately Khamenei to agree to the negotiated deal.
“It will put their oil back on the market. It will give them some relief from some of the sanctions that are in place. But so far they haven’t taken that path,” he told Sciutto in Aspen. Security Forum on Friday.
Nuland said that if Khamenei does not accept the deal, “of course we will have to increase the pressure.” He did not give specific information about what this pressure will cause.
Robert Malley, the US special envoy for Iran, echoed Biden’s sentiments on Tuesday, saying the likelihood of reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for 2015 was “diminishing by the day”. He also said there was no set deadline for Tehran to return to the nuclear deal, but the window was “closing pretty quickly” and “I think at some point it will be clear to everyone that the deal no longer exists.”
CNNs Kylie Atwood, Claire Calzonetti and Emmet Lyons contributed to this report.
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