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US says it will not offer Tehran unilateral incentives for dialogue  

US says it will not offer Tehran unilateral incentives for dialogue  
posted onMarch 13, 2021

The United States repeated on Thursday it will not offer Islamic Republic of Iran unilateral incentives to attend talks about both sides returning to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Reuters reported.

"We will not offer any unilateral gestures or incentives to induce the Iranians to come to the table. If the Iranians are under the impression that, absent any movement on their part to resume full compliance with the (nuclear deal), that we will offer favors or unilateral gestures, well that's a misimpression," State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

Iran has been gradually breaching almost all its commitments under the deal. Tehran says the United States must first lift Trump’s sanctions, while Washington says Tehran must first return to compliance with the deal.

Washington would consider each side taking steps to resume compliance with the agreement once they are at the negotiating table, Price suggested.

"If and only if Tehran comes to the negotiating table would we be in a position, would we be prepared, to discuss proposals that would help push both sides back on that path of mutual compliance to the deal," he said. "Ultimately, that is where we seek to go: compliance for compliance."