EU: ‘One Last Effort’ Needed to Finalize Iran Nuclear Deal

Russia FM: US Should Fulfill Commitments

The EU has brought the US and Iran to the table once again for nuclear talks in Vienna, and there is reason to be hopeful. EU officials say they believe one last serious effort is all that’s needed to salvage the talks and reach a deal.

This should come as no surprise. Since March, the last time negotiations moved measurably, indications have been that the talks were effectively over, the draft mostly finished and just waiting to be finalized.

Between then and now, nothing bad has happened, it’s just that the US has walked away from the talks a few times, only for the EU to convince them to return. So the deal is still sitting there waiting to be signed.

The only reason to not make a deal is for the sake of bragging about what tough negotiators they are. Unfortunately, the US seems all-too-comfortable with that being the ending of a long, important process.

Russian FM Sergey Lavrov was only too eager to call the US out on this, saying Iran’s stance is legitimate, and that the US needs to fulfill its commitments.

Author: Jason Ditz

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