EU Envoy Heads to Iran to Try  to Salvage Nuclear Deal

EU foreign policy chief: No ultimatum for Iran

EU nuclear negotiator Enrique Mora is scheduled to visit Tehran on Tuesday in what is being presented as one of the last ditch efforts to try to save the Vienna talks and the nuclear deal at a time when the US is increasingly ready to give up on the process.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell says the EU is going to try to find a way to end the impasse between the US and Iran, and that there will not be any sort of ultimatum given in the talks.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard being on a US terror blacklist is one of the unresolved issues. In the past week the US has indicated that they aren’t ready to declare the talks dead, but are effectively giving up on them.

This puts everything on the EU, who since they were ferrying messages back and forth in indirect talks between the US and Iran, had everything on them to begin with. They’d reported the deal effectively made when the US decided to give up, and are now trying to carve out the last bit of a deal before everyone finishes walking away from the table.

Author: Jason Ditz

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