EU High Representative Josep Borrell announced he had “put on the table a text that addresses, in precise detail, the sanctions lifting as well as the nuclear steps needed to restore the JCPOA”, adding: “I see no other comprehensive or effective alternative in reach”. “It is now time for swift political decisions to conclude the Vienna negotiations on the basis of my proposed text”, he added and warned: “If the deal is rejected, we risk a dangerous nuclear crisis, set against the prospect of increased isolation for Iran and its people”. Iran’s lead negotiator stated that “we, too, have our own ideas, both in substance and form, to conclude the negotiations which would be shared”. The U.S. diplomatic spokesperson indicated that “we are studying the changes” from previous iterations, adding: “We hope that Iran finally and ultimately decides to seize the opportunity that has been before it for some time now”.
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