EU Says Talks to Revive Iran Nuclear Deal Paused Over External Factors

The European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief, Josep Borrell on Friday said that Iran and world powers will pause talks on reviving a 2015 nuclear deal due to “external factors.”

“A pause in Vienna talks is needed, due to external factors,” Borrell said in a tweet message, adding “a final text is essentially ready and on the table.”

“As coordinator, I will, with my team, continue to be in touch with all JCPOA participants and the US to overcome the current situation and to close the agreement,” Borrell added.

This comes as Iran’s National Security Chief Ali Shamkhani had said that the US approach to the ongoing talks in Vienna, Austria, between Iran and the P4+1 showed that Washington was not interested in a strong deal with Iran. 

Shamkhani added that “absent a US political decision, the talks get knottier by the hour.”

Iran news agency IRNA on Friday citing sources reported that lack of the US decision-making and its new demands challenged the process of summing up the negotiations in Vienna, adding that consultations are expected to continue after the negotiations are halted. 

According to IRNA, the announced pause in the negotiations is on the recommendation of the JCPOA coordinator, and the parties intend to continue the process after this break.

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