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E.U. Foreign Policy Chief Not Sure That New Iran Deal Will Be Agreed On

Mossad Director David Barnea to head to Washington on Monday to make clear the dangers of a revived accord.
European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks during a press conference during an EU-Ukraine Association Council meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels on September 5, 2022. (John THYS/AFP)
European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks during a press conference during an EU-Ukraine Association Council meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels on September 5, 2022. (John THYS/AFP)

The European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who is shepherding attempts to save the suspended Iran nuclear deal, said Monday that recent exchanges left him “less confident.”

Borrell said of Iran’s latest response to an EU-drafted text last week, which hardened Tehran’s demands on Washington, “If the purpose is to close the deal quickly, it is not going to help it.”

On August 7, Borrell put forward what he called a final text to restore the 2015 accord that former US president Donald Trump abandoned in 2018.

Talks to revive the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action have been ongoing in Vienna since April 2021, and in recent weeks, Iran and Washington have been responding to the EU text.

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