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EU foreign chief says current iteration of Iran nuclear deal is ‘best possible deal’

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, on June 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, on June 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

Josep Borrell, the European Union’s chief diplomat, says that the current text of the Iran nuclear deal is the best possible outcome and should be implemented as soon as possible.

Writing in an op-ed in The Financial Times, Borrell says that after more than a year of negotiations, the sides have reached “the best possible deal that I, as facilitator of the negotiations, see as feasible.”

The diplomat writes that “the space for additional significant compromises has been exhausted.”

The deal “is not a perfect agreement, but it addresses all essential elements and includes hard-won compromises by all sides,” he writes. “Decisions need to be taken now to seize this unique opportunity to succeed, and to free up the great potential of a fully implemented deal. I see no other comprehensive or effective alternative within reach.”

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