US officials say chances of rejoining Iran nuclear deal may slip away

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, shown here on March 30, 2021, said at the Iran nuclear talks last week that the U.S. wouldn’t “accept the status quo of Iran building its program on the one hand and dragging its feet on the other.” (Mandel Ngan/POOL/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON — Iran didn’t show seriousness in the latest talks to rejoin a 2015 accord restraining its nuclear program, and the U.S. is preparing for a scenario in which restoring the deal won’t be possible, a senior U.S. official said Saturday.