European top diplomat, Josep Borrell, said on Monday, he saw the willingness to save the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and global powers, citing progress in talks to bring the United States and Tehran to return to the historic agreement. Optimism follows comments by China’s messenger to the negotiations on Saturday that talks were picking pace.
“I think there is a very goodwill between the two parties (Iran and the United States) to reach an agreement, and it is good news,” he said, quoting progress but did not provide details. “I think both parties are really interested in reaching an agreement, and they have moved from a general problem to more focused, which is clear, on one side of the removal of sanctions, and on the other hand, the problem of nuclear implementation.”
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The second round of talks began last Thursday in the basement of a luxury hotel in Vienna. The United States was not present because Iran had rejected face-to-face negotiations, but EU officials were carrying out shuttle diplomacy with US delegates another hotel across the street. Borrell said that his political director Enrique Mora, who chaired the conversation, had returned to Vienna after returning to Brussels on Friday.
Iran has violated many restrictions under the nuclear agreement on its nuclear activity in response to US withdrawal and crippling sanctions against Tehran, reimposed by the former US President Donald Trump. Negotiators are working on both parties’ steps to take on sanctions and nuclear activities to return to full compliance with the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal.
Six-global forces signed the agreement to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Iran said it was never looking for nuclear weapons and would never, and that nuclear activity only had civilian purposes.