EU foreign policy chief says 'pause' needed in Iran talks

AP , Friday 11 Mar 2022

The European Union's foreign policy chief said Friday that "a pause'' was needed in ongoing talks over Iran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers, blaming "external factors'' for the delay.

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File Photo: European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks during a press statement at EU headquarters in Brussels, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. AP

The comments by Josep Borrell come as a roadmap appeared imminent for the U.S. to rejoin an accord it unilaterally withdrew from in 2018 and for Iran to again limit its rapidly advancing nuclear program.

"A final text is essentially ready and on the table,'' Borrell wrote on Twitter. "As coordinator, I will, with my team, continue to be in touch with all (hash)JCPOA participants and the U.S. to overcome the current situation and to close the agreement.''

The JCPOA, of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is the 2015 nuclear deal's formal name.

There was no immediate reaction from Iran.

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