EU’s Mora to visit Iran for talks on JCPOA revival – Reuters

In a post on his Twitter account on Friday, Mora said he would meet with Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Baqeri in Tehran on Saturday as part of efforts to “fill the remaining gaps” in the talks in the Austrian capital.

“I am traveling to Tehran tomorrow to meet @Bagheri_Kani. Work to fill remaining gaps in the #ViennaTalks on the #JCPOA. We have to conclude this negotiation. There is a lot at stake,” he wrote.

Earlier this month talks in Vienna, intended to resuscitate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), were halted indefinitely despite reports suggesting they were in the “final stages”.

The United States, which is blamed for the current standoff, is reluctant to take confidence-building measures due to its misguided bias, procrastination in decision-making and excessive demands, Press TV reported.

Iranian officials have repeatedly said the United States must lift all illegal sanctions against the Islamic Republic in a verifiable manner and offer guarantees that a new US administration will not violate the JCPOA again before it can join the deal.

Former US President Donald Trump unilaterally quit the JCPOA in May 2018 and reimposed the anti-Iran sanctions the deal lifted. He also imposed additional sanctions on Iran on other pretexts unrelated to the nuclear affair as part of his “maximum pressure” campaign.

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