EU Deputy Secretary-General Enrique Mora visited Iran to highlight “the urgency to resume JCPOA negotiations in Vienna”, saying it was “crucial to pick up talks from where we left last June to continue diplomatic work”. Iran’s deputy foreign minister told Mora that “it is important for Iran to achieve tangible results… Iran is always ready for serious negotiations that result in a practical agreement, not a paper agreement”. According to Iran’s foreign ministry, “at the end of this meeting, the two sides agreed to continue dialogue on questions of mutual interest in the coming days in Brussels”. The following day, EU High Representative Josep Borrell remarked that “I’m ready to do that if they want to come to Brussels. But time is pressing… I understand that the new [Iranian] government requires time to study the [nuclear] file, to instruct the negotiation team, but this time has already passed. It’s time to go back to the negotiations”. “No ‘Plan B’ that I could imagine would be a good one”, Borrell added.
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