Vienna (Times Of Ocean)- “A pause” was needed in ongoing talks over Iran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said, blaming “external factors” for the delay.
In days after fresh demands from Russia complicated negotiations, the EU said Friday that the talks it is facilitating on the revival of the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord must be suspended.
According to EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, “the #ViennaTalks need to be paused due to external factors”.
“A pause in #ViennaTalks is needed, due to external factors,” the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell tweeted.
The current round of negotiations began in late November between Britain, China, France, Germany, Iran, and Russia, with the US participating indirectly.
The goal was to revive the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which began unraveling after former US President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal in 2018.
In a statement last week, Russia demanded guarantees that the sanctions imposed by the West on its economy following its invasion of Ukraine would not negatively affect its trade with Iran.
As with the original JCPOA in 2015, Moscow was expected to play a role in the implementation of any new agreement, for example by receiving Iranian shipments of enriched uranium.
Borell also said he would “continue to work with all JCPOA participants and the U.S. to overcome the current situation and close the agreement”.