Iran and the European Union on Friday harbored hope that stalled talks in Vienna over the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, would reach an agreement, after a trip to Tehran by the EU coordinator to the negotiations this week.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Twitter that the discussions between Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani and EU envoy Enrique Mora “were another opportunity to focus on initiatives to resolve the remaining issues.”
“A good and reliable outcome is within reach if US makes its decision & adheres to its commitments,” he tweeted. “Contacts will continue.”
The EU’s foreign policy chief said on Friday that he believed there had been enough progress during consultations between Mora and Iranian officials in Tehran to relaunch the Vienna talks after a two-month hiatus, adding that a final deal was within reach.
Speaking as Mora arrived back in Europe, Josep Borrell said Iran’s response had been “positive enough”, Reuters reported.
“It has gone better than expected – the negotiations were stalled, and now they have been reopened,” Borrell told reporters on the sidelines of a G7 meeting in Germany.
“That means there is the prospective of reaching a final agreement,” he added.
Talks to resurrect the JCPOA have been on hold since March, over the US refusal to meet Iran’s key demands including the removal of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) from its list of designated “terrorist” organizations.
“These kinds of things cannot be solved overnight. Let’s say things were blocked and they have been de-blocked,” Borrell said.
Germany said on Friday it expected a swift conclusion to the Vienna talks.
“There is a proposal on the table that is very fair for all sides,” the German Foreign Ministry spokesperson told a regular news conference in Berlin.
“We expect… there will be an early conclusion to these talks,” the spokesperson added.
Mora was in Tehran last week in a last-ditch effort to salvage the JCPOA, from which former US president Donald Trump withdrew in 2018. Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia are also parties to the accord.
In a bizarre incident, Mora and his team were held at the Frankfurt airport for several hours on return from the Iranian capital on Friday.
Mora said he had received “not a single explanation” from German authorities for why he was detained. “An EU official on an official mission holding a Spanish diplomatic passport took out my passport and my phones,” he wrote on Twitter.
“We were kept separated,” Mora wrote. “Refusal to give any explanation for what seems a violation of the Vienna Convention.”