State Department: US, Russia do not want to allow Iran to have nuclear weapons

We agree with the Russian Federation that Iran should not be able to acquire a nuclear weapon. That is precisely why we and the Russians agree on this one issue that we should resume negotiations in Vienna as soon as possible. Ned Price, the spokesperson for the US Department of State, noted at Thursday’s press briefing.

According to Price, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, focusing on the reciprocal return of the Iran-US Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—i.e., the nuclear deal.

“The Russians similarly read out this call, made similar points. This is one of those issues where our interests do, in fact, overlap,” Price added.

He said the US was ready for a diplomatic solution to the issue, noting that Tehran had recently stated that Iran would return to talks “soon.”

“We hope their definition of soon matches our definition of soon,” added the spokesperson for the US Department of State. “We would like negotiations to resume in Vienna as soon as possible.”