US State Department says Iran nuclear talks no longer a focus for White House

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State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters on Wednesday that the Iran nuclear deal was “not our focus right now,” instead vowing to “support” the “bravery and courage” of Iranian protesters.

Asked by a reporter whether the US was still interested in pursuing the nuclear talks, Price responded “That’s not our focus right now. I think it is very clear, the Iranians have made very clear that this is not a deal that they have been prepared to make.”

“A deal certainly does not appear imminent. Iran’s demands are unrealistic; they go well beyond the scope of the JCPOA. Nothing we’ve heard in recent weeks suggests they have changed their position,” Price told the department briefing.

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Instead, Price said US focus “is on the remarkable bravery and courage that the Iranian people are exhibiting through their peaceful demonstrations, through their exercise of their universal right to freedom of assembly and to freedom of expression.”

Iranians have taken to the streets following the September death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was in morality police custody following her arrest for not wearing her head covering properly. The Iranian regime denies any responsibility for her death.

Price said the US would focus on “shining a spotlight on what [protesters are] doing and supporting them in the ways we can.”

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