The diplomat Enrique Mora, “number two” of the High Representative for EU Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, thought on Wednesday that the next discussion in Vienna on the 2015 nuclear agreement “will be the last”.
“There are a number of technical problems that are quite complex, but I can say that there are fewer than a week ago,” said Mora, adding that “the sixth round will definitely be the last,” they said Bloomberg agency.
The statement was made at the end of the fifth session of the Iranian Nuclear Agreement Joint Commission to facilitate the United States’ return to the pact it unilaterally abandoned in 2018 and attended by representatives of Iran and the United Kingdom, France, Russia , China and Germany chaired the EU.
For their part, a group of European diplomats believe that the negotiations are entering their most delicate phase after some important parts have been resolved. “The most difficult decisions are still to be solved,” it said, according to the DPA agency.
Likewise, State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter has announced that negotiations will continue at “an appropriate pace” and that the country’s representative in the agreement, Rob Malley, will soon be returning to Washington from Vienna.
“The talks continue (…) and I will continue to stress that discussions like this are always exhaustive,” so “it will not be a quick or easy process,” Porter said at the State Department’s daily press conference.
Before the meeting, Iranian President Hasan Rohani stressed that the talks in Vienna on the 2015 nuclear deal “went well” and said that the “main problems” between the parties had been resolved, while the Iranian executive spokesman Ali Rabiei stressed Tehran the day before hope a pact will be reached before the June 18th presidential election.
He also noted that “Iran’s response in reducing its commitments is due to the lack of engagement by the United States” in relation to Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the deal in 2018.
Iran has so far announced that it will withdraw its commitments on several points of the agreement, raising concerns among the other signatories about a possible collapse of the pact. However, the Iranian authorities have argued time and again that these steps can be reversed if the United States lifts sanctions and reverts to the agreement.
In this context, the Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, warned last week that Iran is enriching uranium at levels “only reached by countries that make atomic bombs”, stressing that the situation is very worrying .