Revival of Iran nuke deal very close, says EU’s Borrell

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The deal will curb Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for lifting tough sanctions. (AP pic)

Reuters

DOHA: The European Union’s top diplomat Josep Borrell said today that Iran and world powers were very close to agreement on reviving their 2015 nuclear deal, which would curb Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for lifting tough sanctions.

The nuclear talks had been close to an agreement until Russia made last minute demands of the US, insisting that sanctions imposed on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine should not affect its trade with Iran.

Borrell made the comments when addressing the Doha Forum international conference today.

Enrique Mora, the EU coordinator for the nuclear talks said yesterday he will travel to Tehran today to meet Iran’s chief negotiator.

Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said this week that a nuclear deal can be reached in the short term if the US is pragmatic.

But US officials have been more cautious in their assessment of efforts to revive the accord.