The EU's top diplomat says he is less confident about reaching an agreement in the Vienna talks to revive the Iran Nuclear Deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iran PressEurope: The European Union’s chief diplomat played down the chances of a rapid revival of the Iranian nuclear deal, saying the chances of an agreement between Tehran and world powers had faded.

“I am less confident today than 28 hours before on the convergence of the negotiation process,” Josep Borrell told reporters in Brussels on Monday. “If the process doesn’t converge, the whole process is in danger. If the purpose is to close the deal quickly, it’s not going to happen.”

Meanwhile, Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says Iran has taken into account the acceleration and facilitation of finalizing the talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal.

In a phone conversation with his Omani counterpart Sayyid Badr Albusaidi on Friday, the top diplomat reiterated Iran’s determination to clinch “a good, sustainable, and strong agreement.”

Also, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kan’ani said early on Friday that Iran’s views submitted to the coordinator "has a constructive approach aimed at finalizing the negotiations.”


But the US State Department said last week that Iran’s response to a recent EU draft was “not constructive.”

The United States, under former President Donald Trump, abandoned the JCPOA in May 2018 and reinstated unilateral sanctions that the agreement had lifted under what he called the “maximum pressure” policy against Tehran.

The talks to salvage the agreement kicked off in the Austrian capital city of Vienna in April last year, months after Joe Biden succeeded Trump, with the intention of examining Washington’s seriousness in rejoining the deal and removing the anti-Iran sanctions.

Despite notable progress, Washington’s indecisiveness has postponed reaching an agreement between the negotiating parties.


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