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EU says window for revived Iran nuclear deal is narrowing

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

The window for an agreement to bring Iran back into compliance with a nuclear deal along with the US is closing, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warns.

“If we want to conclude an agreement, decisions are needed now. This is still possible, but the political space to revive the JCPOA may narrow soon,” he tweets.

The JCPOA is the 2015 nuclear deal under which Iran committed to curbing its nuclear program in return for lifting international sanctions.

Former US president Donald Trump severely weakened the pact when he pulled the US out of it in 2018, prompting Iran to drop its own compliance. The Islamic Republic has now enriched uranium close to the level needed to build atomic weapons.

Efforts led by Borrell and his deputy Enrique Mora to get Iran and US back under the nuclear deal’s terms have stalled, largely because of a late added demand by Tehran that Washington remove Iran’s Revolutionary Guards from a terror blacklist.

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