EU Officials: Iran Nuclear Talks Resume After Months Delay

EU talks went better than expected

It’s been two months since the Vienna nuclear talks stalled, and over the past couple of weeks, the US indicated the talks were all but over. This weekend, the European Union announced their own efforts went better than expected, and the Iran nuclear talks are back on.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has been in Tehran since Thursday, trying to come up with a way to get the talks going again. What was agreed on wasn’t clear, but the EU said it was “positive enough.”

The terror blacklisting of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was and is a sticking point, with the US not willing to delist them. The Iranians have at times pushed hard for this, and at other times suggested it wasn’t a must have.

Iranian officials say they remain serious on the talks, but that they distrust the other side delivering on their promises. In particular, Deputy FM Bagheri says that the sustainability of the sanctions relief needs to be boosted.

Author: Jason Ditz

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