West News Wire: On Tuesday, the European Union’s coordinator for talks on re-establishing Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers will travel to Tehran in an attempt to end a months-long deadlock between Tehran and Washington.
The impending visit by Enrique Mora, the deputy secretary-general of the European External Action Service, was confirmed by Nournews, a publication linked with Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), which handles the nuclear agreement discussions (EEAS).
“Given the EU’s involvement in exchanging opinions between Tehran and Washington, Enrique Mora’s visit to Tehran can be seen as a new step toward constructive negotiations on the few but critical problems that remain,” according to the site.
It did, however, emphasise that Iran has remained in the negotiations despite “the persistence of hostile approaches by the US against our country” that it said goes against the spirit of constructive negotiations.
The EU coordinator plans to meet Iran’s top negotiator to the Vienna talks Ali Bagheri Kani on Wednesday.
Several rounds of negotiations between Iran and the five remaining parties to the JCPOA Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia have been held in the Austrian capital since April 2021 to bring the US back into the Iran deal. The Vienna talks, however, exclude American diplomats due to their country’s withdrawal from the deal.
Talks have been on hold since March as the US insists on its refusal to remove Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) from its foreign terrorist organization list.
Iran maintains that IRGC’s designation in 2019 was part of former president Donald Trump administration’s so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran, and therefore, it has to be reversed unconditionally.
The Biden administration disagrees, even though it has admitted on countless occasions that Trump’s maximum pressure policy has been a disastrous failure. It has retained the IRGC’s designation and the economic sanctions as leverage in the talks.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said last month that the current administration in Washington should have the courage to correct its predecessor’s mistakes concerning re-imposition of oppressive sanctions against Iran.
On Saturday, European Union foreign policy leader Josep Borrell said the EU is making a last-ditch effort to rescue the JCPOA and break the current impasse.
Borrell told the Financial Times that he was looking for a “middle path” to settle the standoff, which threatens to derail more than a year of diplomatic efforts between Iran and the P4+1 group of countries, which are managed by the EU.
Last month, the majority of Iranian MPs signed a declaration stating that in order for a fresh deal on the JCPOA revival to succeed, the US administration must provide a legally binding commitment that it will not exit the pact again.