Nuclear talks with Iran could be exhausted in ‘weeks’: Biden aide

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan delivers remarks during a press briefing inside the White House in Washington, U.S., February 4, 2021. (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — U.S. national security advisor Jake Sullivan said current nuclear talks with Iran may be exhausted within weeks.

Sullivan told reporters that the United States and its partners were discussing time frames for nuclear diplomacy with Iran, according to Reuters.

“We’re not circling a date on the calendar in public, but I can tell you that behind closed doors we are talking about time frames and they are not long,” he said during a visit to Israel.

Asked to elaborate on the timeline, Sullivan said: “Weeks”, Reuters quoted him as saying.

Sullivan further said the United States continues to believe that “diplomacy, deterrence and pressure” remain the best way to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Iran denies seeking nuclear weapons, saying it only want to master nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The United States has been spearheading efforts to revive the 2015 deal in which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.

Since Trump pulled out of the agreement, Iran has breached the pact with advances in sensitive areas such as uranium enrichment. Sullivan called the U.S. withdrawal “catastrophic”.

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