On Friday, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell stated that talks for the revival of the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna need to be suspended due to “external factors.”
Borrell wrote on Twitter, however, that the “final text is essentially ready and on the table.”
Borrell, as the coordinator of the Iran nuclear deal, promised to be in touch with the participants of the talks and the US as well “to overcome the current situation and to close the agreement.”
Since the beginning of the conflict between the two countries, the EU diplomacy has made significant efforts to get Iran and the US back to the negotiation table.
Representatives from Iran, China, Russia, France, the UK, and Germany, under EU chairmanship, have been negotiating since December in Vienna on ensuring full compliance and the US’ return to the deal.
Formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2015 by Iran, the US, China, Russia, France, the UK, Germany, and the EU.
Tehran committed to limit its nuclear activity to civilian purposes and in return, world powers agreed to drop their economic sanctions against Iran under the agreement.
The US unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018 under former President Donald Trump and reimposed sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to stop complying with the nuclear deal.