Talks to restore the nuclear deal between Iran and six other countries have been declared over. The text is ready and will now be presented by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in the capitals of the countries involved, according to a high-ranking EU representative in Vienna on Monday. “You must now say yes or no,” said the diplomat. There is nothing more to negotiate. From his point of view, it is a “very good compromise for everyone involved”.
He expects an answer after two years of negotiations “in a few weeks, very, very few weeks.” In a diplomatic tour de force, representatives from the United States, Iran and other countries had been trying to come to an agreement in Vienna for a few days in order to lift US sanctions and restrict Tehran’s nuclear program again. Those were the original goals of a 2015 pact designed to prevent Tehran from building nuclear weapons. The United States left the agreement in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump. Germany was also involved in the negotiations in Vienna.