Iran, US, EU Envoys Return to Vienna for Nuclear Talks

Iran: US must act responsibly to save pact

An EU proposed text for the Iran nuclear deal has gotten enough momentum behind it that the US, Iran, and EU are all sending officials to Vienna for more talks. There are high hopes as the EU will mediate.

The EU has time and again saved the talks when the US was prepared to give up. US envoys are coming into the talks warily, once again.

Iran’s negotiator says the key would be for the US to act responsibly at the talks. That’s a big ask, as for months the US has been surly and prepared to scrap the talks outright, the only interest in blaming Iran.

The EU keeps interceding with proposals and gets good reactions from Iran. That’s not conducive to the US narrative so they keep dragging on the talks with the same disinterest.

All this is at play again with the latest resumption of talks, and again the US shows little interest but likely feels obliged to go along with the EU effort to salvage the process.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.