Iran nuclear talks in Vienna require ‘pause’

AA / Istanbul

The High Representative of the European Union for External Relations, Josep Borrell, said on Friday that “it is necessary to take a temporary pause in talks on nuclear energy” in the Austrian capital Vienna.

“Needs a temporary pause in talks due to external factors,” Borrell wrote in a tweet without specifying the nature.

The European official indicated that “a final lesson is almost ready and on the table”.

“As coordinator, I, along with my team, will continue to be in contact with all participants in the Iranian nuclear deal and with the United States to help us overcome the current situation and terminate the agreement,” he said.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry, for its part, announced on Friday that it “will not allow any external action to affect its desire to bring the talks on the nuclear file to a successful conclusion, which are currently taking place in Vienna.” “.

In response to Borrell, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh tweeted: “No external factor will affect our general desire to move forward towards a collective agreement,” the agency reports. IRNA Local Press.

Khatibzadeh said: “The suspension of talks could be a motivating boost to resolve any remaining issues and achieve a definitive return to the 2015 agreement from which the United States unilaterally withdrew in 2018.”

The talks, being held under the auspices of the European Union, aim to bring the United States back into the fold of the deal, which former President Donald Trump’s administration left to force in May 2018 by reimposing harsh measures against Iran Was. countries to honor their international commitments related to their nuclear program.

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The 2015 agreement was signed by Iran on the one hand, and the United States, France, the United Kingdom, China, Russia and Germany on the other, according to the terms that imposed sanctions on Tehran’s program to prevent . By making nuclear weapons in exchange for the removal of international sanctions.

* Translated from Arabic by Munir Benour.

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