European-brokered efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal are likely to resume following US President Joe Biden’s visit to the region this month after an intense round of talks in Doha failed to overcome differences, Bloomberg reported.

Iran PressIran news: Earlier this week, Iran and the US held two days of indirect negotiations coordinated by the European Union in Doha. 

US President will visit Israel, the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Saudi Arabia from July 13 to 16.

Two European diplomats with direct knowledge of this week’s negotiations said that, while talks didn’t progress, efforts to resurrect the accord were expected to continue beyond the July deadline suggested by the UN nuclear watchdog. A third person familiar with the talks said efforts could resume in the Qatari capital following Biden’s trip, Bloomberg reported.

Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in a statement Thursday that Iran remains determined to continue negotiations “until an agreement that’s based on realism is reached.”

A key meeting of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty members convenes next month in New York. Iran has threatened to leave if talks fail, resulting in the country being referred back to the United Nations Security Council for more sanctions.

The search for a compromise will probably be given until at least the third quarter, after which the US will hold Congressional elections that could weaken Biden’s hand. 

While western officials at the talks dismissed Iran’s words as grandstanding, they aren’t ready to slam the door on talks quite yet. Gulf nations are being encouraged to play a more active role as the EU’s role as a mediator reaches its limit, according to European diplomats told Bloomberg.


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