US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday said he expects that hundreds of U.S. sanctions on Tehran would remain in place, even if the two countries return to compliance with the nuclear deal, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
“I would anticipate that even in the event of a return to compliance with the JCPOA, hundreds of sanctions will remain in place, including sanctions imposed by the Trump administration. If they are not inconsistent with the JCPOA, they will remain unless and until Iran’s behavior changes,” Blinken told a Senate committee.
Negotiations have been underway since April in the Austrian capital between Iran and the remaining members of the accord— Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia— to revive the 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by Donald Trump in 2018.
US diplomats have participated indirectly in the talks from a nearby hotel.