Iran confirms EU envoy visit to save stalled nuclear deal talks | Nuclear Energy News
EU coordinator Enrique Mora is visiting Tehran in an attempt to find a solution to the months-long stalemate between Tehran and Washington.
Tehran, Iran – The European Union’s coordinator for talks on reviving Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers will visit Tehran on Tuesday in an effort to find a solution to the dragging impasse. months between Tehran and Washington.
Nournews, an agency of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), which leads the nuclear deal negotiations, on Saturday confirmed the upcoming visit of Enrique Mora, deputy secretary-general. European External Action Service (EEAS).
“Considering the role of the EU in the exchange of views between Tehran and Washington, Enrique Mora’s trip to Tehran can be seen as a new step forward for constructive negotiations around a number of important issues. the rest,” the agency reported.
However, they stressed that Iran remained involved in the negotiations despite the “persistence of the US hostile approaches towards our country”, which they said went against the spirit of the negotiations. constructiveness.
Negotiations to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the agreement is officially known, began in April 2021 but have been stalled for months due to failure by Iran and the United States to reach agreement. agreement on a number of limited but important issues.
Chief among them is whether the US will remove a Designation of “foreign terrorist organization” of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Iran also asserted that securing its economic benefits from a revived nuclear deal was on the table, but did not elaborate.
Since the beginning of this year, the two sides have been sending messages through the EU coordinator because Iran refused to negotiate directly with the US after the US unilaterally abandoned the agreement in 2018, imposing harsh sanctions.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has been floating the idea of Mora’s other visit to Tehran for weeks. Mora visited Tehran for the last time at the end of March, then went to Washington.
Saturday’s news comes after a Financial Times report, which quoted Borrell as saying he wanted Mora to visit Tehran but Iran was “very reluctant”. Borrell also told the paper he was looking for a “middle way” in a diplomatic effort described as the “last bullet”.
The Financial Times also reports that Borrell is considering a scenario in which the IRGC designation is lifted but other parts of the organization will remain under that authority. But a similar proposal has previously been made to Tehran and has yet to lead to a breakthrough.
Publicly, Iran continues to maintain that the United States must adopt a “realistic” approach by giving up its “excessive demands,” then a deal can be quickly reached.
Meanwhile, the US has said Iran needs to provide guarantees regarding its activities in the region if it wants to revoke its “foreign terrorist organization” status and says the matter is outside the nuclear deal. . Former President Donald Trump imposed the designation as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign following his withdrawal from the nuclear deal.
The Biden administration considered JCPOA becomes the best choice to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, but has faced resistance in removing the designation from opponents of the nuclear deal.
Iran maintains that its nuclear program is peaceful, but has significantly increased its nuclear activity since the United States withdrew from the JCPOA. If reinstated, the nuclear deal would significantly limit Iran’s enrichment and stockpiling of nuclear material in return for sanctions relief.