State Department spokesman Ned Price claimed Tuesday evening that the United States was ready to return to the JCPOA immediately.
Speaking at a State Department news conference, he responded to remarks by an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman on Tuesday that the United States had not responded to Iranian and European initiatives to revive the JCPOA.
Of course, anyone who speaks to European allies or representatives of these governments hears something else.
Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said in a weekly meeting with reporters on Tuesday, June 30:
The statements made by some American officials through their design or internal response are not our criteria for comment. In the Vienna negotiations, our action is quite clear and we do not react to statements made with internal consumption.
"US State Department news conference," Price said.
We and our European allies have made it very clear that we are ready to immediately conclude and implement the agreement negotiated in Vienna on the reciprocal return to implement the Comprehensive Joint Action Plan, but ultimately it is up to Iran to abandon its demands beyond the JCPOA and Interact in good faith.
A State Department spokesman said:
If Iran makes a political decision to interact in good faith and focus on the JCPOA itself, an agreement with Iran is still fully available.