Most countries in Vienna talks support EU proposal

TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) – Most countries involved in nuclear talks with Iran agree with a European Union proposal that aims to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, the EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Tuesday.

"Most of them agree, but I still don't have the answer from the United States, who I understand have to discuss it, and we expect during this week to receive an answer," Borrell said in an interview with Spain's national broadcaster TVE, Reuters reported.

Borrell said Iran has asked for a few adjustments to the EU proposal - which was not made public - that followed 16 months of fitful, indirect US-Iranian talks with the EU shuttling between the parties. 

Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA -- Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany -- had held several rounds of negotiations in the Austrian capital of Vienna since April last year to restore the agreement, which was abandoned by the former US President Donald Trump in May 2018.

In quitting the agreement, Trump restored sanctions on Iran as part of what he called the “maximum pressure” campaign against the country. Those sanctions are being enforced to this day by the Joe Biden administration, even though it has repeatedly acknowledged that the policy has been a mistake and a failure.

Numerous rounds of indirect negotiations in Vienna and Doha between Tehran and Washington over the past 16 months have failed to secure a path back to the deal.

But earlier this month, the European Union presented what it has described as a “final text” to a renewed deal. Iran submitted a response to the draft last week, which EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has described as “reasonable“.

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