The European Union coordinator in the Vienna sanctions removal talks hoped the negotiations would resume “very very soon,” after a pause was announced in the negotiations.

Iran PressEurope: The EU coordinator Enrique Mora told reporters on Friday that he hoped the negotiations would resume “very very soon” and that he would continue working with all the teams to help resolve the outstanding issues.

Mora also said the delegations had got to the point of “negotiating footnotes.”

He praised the United States and Iran, in particular, for their “very constructive, very positive approach.”

Iran's international nuclear agreement or the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed between the country and P5+1 countries (Russia, China, UK, Germany, France, and the US) in 2015, but the US scrapped it on May 18, 2018, re-imposing more sanctions on Iran.

The eighth round of sanctions removal talks, which began in Vienna on December 27, now faces a halt.

In a tweet earlier in the day, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced the pause in the Vienna talks due to “external factors.”

The Iranian Foreign Ministry said the pause could create momentum for resolving the remaining issues. 

Although, it emphasized that external factors would not affect the will to move ahead with a collective agreement.

Reacting to the pause in the talks, the Russian envoy to the negotiations, Mikhail Ulyanov, said: “The conclusion of the deal does not depend on Russia only. There are other actors who need additional time and who have additional concerns, and they are being discussed.”


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