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EU nuclear envoy due in Vienna for talks with Iran

Enrique Mora, a leading European Union diplomat, left, shakes hands with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani in Tehran, Iran, March 27, 2022. (Iranian Foreign Ministry via AP)
Enrique Mora, a leading European Union diplomat, left, shakes hands with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani in Tehran, Iran, March 27, 2022. (Iranian Foreign Ministry via AP)

The EU’s nuclear coordinator Enrique Mora is due in Austria today for talks with the Iranian delegation as the two sides seek to salvage the agreement on Tehran’s atomic ambitions.

“On my way to Vienna to discuss JCPOA back to full implementation,” he tweets, referring to the 2015 deal intended to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb.

Negotiations between Iran and world powers, which began in late November 2021 to reintegrate Joe Biden’s United States into the agreement, have been stalled since March.

In late June, Qatar hosted indirect talks between Tehran and Washington in the hope of getting the process back on track — but those talks did not lead to a breakthrough.

In a last-ditch effort, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell submitted a compromise proposal last Tuesday and called on the parties to accept it to avoid a “dangerous nuclear crisis.”

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