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Nuclear: EU "ready" to receive Iranians "but time is running out"

2021-10-15T20:51:42.073Z

The head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell said he was "ready" Friday, October 15 to receive the Iranian leaders in Brussels, at their ...



The head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell said he was "

ready

" Friday, October 15 to receive Iranian leaders in Brussels, at their request, while calling on Tehran not to waste any more time to return to the negotiating table on their program nuclear.

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At the end of a visit to Washington, he also swept aside the use of "

plans B

" or the military options brandished more or less directly this week by the United States and Israel in the face of the deadlock in diplomatic efforts to save the country. international agreement of 2015 supposed to prevent Iran from gaining access to the atomic bomb. “

I know the Iranians kind of want pre-talks with me as a coordinator and with a few other board members

,” Josep Borrell told reporters in Washington. "

I'm ready for it

", "

but time is running out

," he added.

The European Union (EU) negotiator in charge of this dossier, Enrique Mora, was in Tehran on Thursday to urge Iran to resume negotiations to save the agreement, suspended since the election in June of a new Iranian president. .

The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told him of its "

serious doubts about the will of the Americans to keep their commitments

."

Iran and the EU "

have agreed to continue the talks

" in Brussels "

in the days to come

", he announced.

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I can't give you a precise date.

I am ready to receive them if necessary

”, explained Josep Borrell, who spoke Thursday in the capital of the United States with his American counterpart Antony Blinken.

"

I'm not saying it's absolutely necessary, but I have to have some strategic patience about it, because we can't afford to fail,

" he added.

"

Unprecedented severity

"

Washington, under the presidency of Donald Trump, unilaterally left the agreement in 2018 and reinstated its anti-Iran sanctions that this text had made it possible to lift.

In return, Tehran has increasingly freed itself from restrictions on its nuclear program.

The current US President, Joe Biden, has said he is ready to return to the agreement, also known by its English acronym JCPOA, if the Islamic Republic at the same time renews its commitments.

Indirect negotiations between the two enemy countries began in April in Vienna through the other signatories (China, Russia, Germany, France, United Kingdom and EU) but have been at a standstill since June.

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take it or leave it

" from Tehran

Impatience is growing day by day on the western side, as Iran has still not set a date for its return to the Austrian capital. "

I understand that the new government needs time to study the file (...) but that time has now passed, it is time to return to the negotiating table

," Josep Borrell insisted on Friday. France also urged the Iranian authorities to “

urgently

” put an end to all their violations of the 2015 text, of “

unprecedented gravity

” and which make its revival “

more and more uncertain

”.

"

We are entering a dangerous phase

," warned the Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal ben Farhane, also visiting Washington, pleading for a "

rapid

"

resumption

of talks. Above all, Joe Biden's United States, which so far refused to consider other options than a revival of this pact, changed tone this week.

Antony Blinken thus said he was ready to explore "

all options

" in the event of a failure of diplomacy.

A threat all the stronger since he brandished it alongside his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid who had just warned that the Hebrew state reserved "

the right

" to use force to prevent Iran. to become a nuclear state.

"

I do not want to think of plans B, because no plan B that I can think of would be a good plan

", dryly swept Josep Borrell, questioned on these remarks.

The only way to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear state is to get back into the deal.

"

Source: lefigaro

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