The White House on Wednesday offered a mixed message about the future of a long-delayed nuclear deal with Iran.
But White House officials said President Donald Trump would sign off in the coming days on a final agreement, which could be a first step toward a diplomatic breakthrough.
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The Trump administration is expected to release its draft negotiating position next week.
The deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, requires Iran to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for easing economic sanctions.
The administration is considering a number of possible parameters for the agreement, including lifting some sanctions and lifting some limitations on Iran’s nuclear program.
But officials said it remains unclear what the final deal will look like.
“We are continuing to explore options for a final deal that would include lifting some restrictions, including on the enrichment of uranium, and also lifting some economic sanctions on Iran, including limits on the import of oil and gas,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during a briefing.
“This is still very much in the early stages of negotiation, but we are continuing dialogue with our allies around the world, including with the European Union and Japan.”
The White house did not provide a specific timeframe for the final agreement.
The decision to release the draft negotiating stance came as a surprise to many, as Trump has frequently described the JCPO as a bad deal.
It’s not clear whether the president will endorse the deal or what his stance on it will be.
The draft position was released on Wednesday by the White House Office of Public Liaison, a department that manages foreign policy.
The position said Trump “is committed to a final comprehensive agreement that achieves the objectives of the JCAPOA.”
The position also said Trump has expressed his “support for the JCA, including the principle of the Joint Atomic Energy Commission, the Joint Plan of Defense, and the Joint Nuclear Facilities Security Act of 2015.”
A spokeswoman for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The JCPA is the centerpiece of Trump’s policy of de-escalating the situation in the Middle East by reducing tensions with Iran, a key U.S. ally.
The president has long said he would not sign the deal unless the U.N. Security Council lifted some sanctions, including restrictions on the use of ballistic missiles and on the country’s nuclear facilities.
Trump has repeatedly said he believes the deal is not good for Iran.