Department of State Special Representative Robert Malley suggested that Tehran would postpone the dialogue while accelerating the implementation of its nuclear program.

The United States will be forced to put pressure on Iran if it delays the Vienna talks on the restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program. Robert Malley, the special representative of the U.S. Department of State for Iran, told the BBC.

“If Iran believes that they can use this time to gain additional leverage, and then, returning to the negotiating table, say that they need better conditions, and then this will not work. We will not do this with our partners,” Malley said, suggesting that Tehran will delay the dialogue while accelerating the implementation of its nuclear program. “No one should be surprised if the pressure on Iran is increased in this case. We hope that it will not come to that, but if it does happen, the pressure will need to be increased by showing Iran that the path it has chosen is wrong. He has the opportunity to choose another path, but it will not be open forever, because the nuclear program undermines the very essence of the deal reached,” he stressed.

Malley added that Washington will be forced to take tough measures, “although this is not something that would be preferable.”

In Vienna, from April to June 2021, six rounds of negotiations were held between all the JCPOA member countries (Iran, Russia, Great Britain, Germany, China, France), as well as the United States on the issue of restoring the Iranian nuclear agreement in its original form. At the end of June, the parties took a break from work, which was delayed due to the presidential elections in Iran and the formation of a new government in the country. Negotiations in the Austrian capital are due to resume on November 29 at the level of political directors of the countries involved. Informal consultations between the participants of the negotiation process began on Saturday.