Ned Price assured that the White House does not consider that "an intermediate step in Brussels" is necessary about the statements released by the Iranian authorities confirming that there will be contacts "in the next few days" in Brussels.
The United States authorities have rejected on Monday a possible meeting between Iran and the European Union in Brussels. They have urged that Tehran go directly to the dialogue in Vienna and commit to its full compliance.
"We do not believe that it is necessary (...) The destination we seek in Vienna, not an intermediate step in Brussels," replied the spokesman for the US State Department, Ned Price, alluding to the statements released from Iran confirming that there will be contacts "in the next few days" in Brussels.
However, the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, has confirmed that "it is planned that the talks will be held in Vienna and will take place in Vienna on a date not yet set," therefore he has rejected the claims of Iran, although it has left the door open to prior contact.
"I am not against that (from a previous meeting). However, if (the Iranians) need any clarification and need to discuss bilaterally with me and others before sitting down in Vienna, I will. Because my duty and my will is to do everything possible to restart the negotiations as soon as possible, but there is nothing concrete about it," Borrell said at a press conference after the Foreign Affairs Council meeting.
Thus, from Washington, they have highlighted their praise for the efforts by the EU to participate in the dialogue and achieve the return of both nations to the framework of the nuclear pact, as Price has transferred.
"There is no disagreement that a mutual return to compliance is still in our interest, it is still in the interest of our allies and partners, and that we should resume work on testing the proposal on whether we can get there in Vienna as soon as possible," the spokesperson explained.
Finally, asked about their optimism regarding Iranian adherence to the pact, the US Administration explained that they are "closely observing" how they act from Tehran but recalled that this "cannot continue indefinitely."