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Top EU official seeks to salvage Iran nuclear deal

European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Josep Borrell will do “everything possible” to bring Iran’s nuclear talks back on track and ensure full compliance with the agreement, an EU official said on Thursday.

“It is in the interest and role of the (Iran nuclear deal) coordinators to do all they can to save this agreement,” Peter Stano, the main spokesman for the EU’s diplomatic service, told reporters at the European Commission’s daily briefing.

He stressed that Borrell is committed to making everything possible to bring the ongoing negotiations on full compliance to a successful conclusion.”

Stano also underlined that EU states, treaty members and the entire international community want this effort from the EU foreign policy chief as coordinator because the agreement “is an important part of the non-proliferation architecture.”

Enrique Mora, chief negotiator and deputy secretary general of the EU’s diplomatic services, is currently in Tehran for talks with Iran’s deputy foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator Bagheri Kani and other officials.

In a message published ahead of his trip on Tuesday, he said he would “work to close any remaining gaps” to ensure that negotiations continue.

According to Stano, Mora also discussed other issues relevant to bilateral relations between the European Union and Iran.

EU diplomacy has made significant efforts to bring Iran and the US back to the negotiating table since the beginning of the conflict between the two countries.

Under EU leadership, representatives from Iran, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany have been negotiating for months in the Austrian capital, Vienna, to ensure full compliance and bring the US back to the deal.

The Iran nuclear deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – was signed in 2015 by Iran, the United States (US), China, Russia, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union.

Under the agreement, Tehran had committed to limiting its nuclear activities to civilian purposes and in return, world powers agreed to lift their economic sanctions against Iran.

The US, under former President Donald Trump, unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to stop complying with the nuclear deal.

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