Iran and EU say nuclear talks will resume in Vienna in coming days

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The European Union and Iran agreed on Saturday to resume negotiations in Vienna in the coming days over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers.

The agreement could help ease tensions after talks stalled for months as Iran enriches uranium closer than ever to weapons levels under waning international scrutiny.

At a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian in Tehran, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said negotiations would resume soon.

“The coming days means the coming days, I mean fast, immediately,” Borrell said, adding that the United States, which unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018 and imposed heavy economic sanctions on Iran, must also return to negotiations. . “Negotiations must be resumed, and this is a decision that must be made in Tehran and Washington,” he said.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused a “tectonic shift” in geopolitics, making it more urgent than ever to reach an agreement that would allow Iran to sell its oil on global markets.

“In such an environment, making our historic agreement is more important than ever,” he said.

Amirabdollahian said his country is ready to resume talks: “We will try to resolve the problems and differences … what is important for the Islamic Republic of Iran is to benefit economically from the full agreement reached in 2015.”

Earlier this month, Iran removed 27 surveillance cameras from the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, as the director warned it could be a “fatal blow” to the nuclear deal.

Former President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the deal in 2018, and the sanctions he imposed have broken most Iranian oil revenues and international financial transactions.

The EU’s nuclear talks coordinator, Enrique Mora, has made several trips to Tehran in recent months to break the deadlock, but to no avail.

Borrell’s visit signals a growing European urgency to revive the talks in Vienna, which broke down in March. Hopes for a breakthrough have faded as Iran makes rapid progress with its nuclear program and reduces international oversight.