Borrell Says Talks With Iran Positive to Unblock Nuclear Talks

The EU Foreign Policy Chief, Josep Borrell on Friday said there are some positive signs from Tehran to relaunch nuclear negotiations after two months of deadlock to revive the 2015 accord between Iran and world powers.

Speaking to the reporters on the sidelines of the G7 meeting in Germany, Borrell said that there has been enough progress during consultations between his envoy Enrique Mora and Iranian officials.

“Mora returned from Tehran and reported better-than-expected progress to revive the talks,” Borrell said, adding that Iran’s sides have been very positive and it was “enough to restart” the talks.  

Borrell, at the same time spoke about challenges ahead of any possible agreement and said that “all quandaries could not be resolved overnight.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian had said that Mora’s recent visit to Iran had opened a window of new opportunity to focus on ways to resolve the remaining issues in the talks.  

It has been for one year that Iran engaged in negotiations with US, Germany, France, Russia, and China directly and the US indirectly, to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Vienna talks have been halted since March, mainly after Iran insisted on removal of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the list of US foreign terrorist organization, a move US strongly denied.

The US Congress has strongly warned the Biden administration against any step to remove IRGC from terrorist list. 

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