Brussells (The Times Groupe)- Nuclear negotiations with Iran can now continue after a “very fruitful” visit by the EU’s chief negotiator to Tehran, a senior EU official said Friday.
“There is a possibility of reaching an agreement” on bringing Iran’s nuclear talks back on track and ensuring full compliance with the treaty, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said ahead of a meeting of G7 foreign affairs ministers in northern Germany.
Deputy secretary-general of the EU diplomatic service Enrique Mora, the EU’s chief negotiator on the Iran nuclear deal, said the trip to Tehran was “very profitable” and “has yielded better results than expected.”
“Negotiations had stalled and have now been reopened,” he added.
Enrique Mora visited Tehran this week to hold talks with the Iranian deputy foreign minister and lead nuclear negotiator, Bagheri Kani, and other officials about resuming negotiations between Iran and the other parties to the Iran nuclear deal.
Mora left the Iranian capital on Thursday night.
Since Washington withdrew from the agreement in 2018 and Tehran walked away from its commitments under the agreement, EU diplomats have been working to get the two sides back to the negotiating table.
Representatives of Iran, China, Russia, France, the UK, and Germany negotiated for months in Vienna under the EU chairmanship to ensure full compliance and bring the US back into the deal.
Iran, the US, China, Russia, France, the UK, Germany, and the EU signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2015.
As part of the deal, Iran has committed to limit its nuclear activity to civilian purposes, and world powers have agreed to lift their economic sanctions against it as a result.
Under former President Donald Trump, the US unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran, which led Tehran to stop complying with the deal.