Where are the negotiators?
After returning to Vienna for the first time since March 7th to resume negotiations in June, negotiators are back in their respective capitals with no agreement reached.
Recent comments from negotiators:
U.S. Secretary of State
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman
U.S. Special Envoy for Iran
High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs
What are the known outstanding issues?
With the United States firmly rejecting Iran’s demand to remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) list, Iran has shifted to an alternative request external to the JCPOA, demanding that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) drop its investigation of traces of nuclear material found at undeclared Iranian facilities. Iran’s latest response to the EU draft agreement reportedly only included the demand that the US will stick to a deal beyond 2024.
What are key concessions the U.S. has already agreed to?
JINSA estimated Iran’s nuclear breakout time would be 4.8-6.5 months until early 2026 under a new deal, at which point the JCPOA permits Iran to steadily shrink these timeframes further.
The U.S. is prepared to rescind human rights and terrorism penalties – sanctions relief not required by the JCPOA – on key pillars of the Iranian regime, including the Supreme Leader and other top officials, as well as the Central Bank, National Development Fund and national oil and tanker companies.
Recent Statements from U.S. Officials
Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chair
“I thought it was a bad deal [in 2015], it can only be a worse deal now… The Iranians have already developed two-thirds of what I believe they need for a bomb. One is the missiles to carry a bomb to its destination, two is the right amount of fissile material. They’re on the brink of doing that, according to public reports.”
Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Senate Armed Services Committee Member
Sen. James Risch (R-ID)
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Ranking Member
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Member