An EU spokesperson said on Tuesday that the EU is assessing Iran’s response to what it has called its “final” proposal to save a 2015 nuclear deal and consulting with the US.
“For the moment, we are studying it and we are consulting with the other JCPOA participants and the U.S. on the way forward,” the spokesperson told reporters in Brussels, using the official abbreviation JCPOA for the nuclear deal.
She declined to provide a timetable for any response from the EU, which is coordinating the negotiations in Vienna.
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After 16 months of sporadic, indirect US-Iranian talks, with the EU acting as a go-between, a senior EU official said on Aug. 8 that the bloc had made a “final” offer and expected a response in “very, very few weeks.”
Late Monday, Iran responded to the proposal, but neither Tehran nor the EU provided any details on the content of the response. more info
Earlier on Monday, Iran’s foreign minister urged the US to be flexible in resolving three outstanding issues, implying that Tehran’s response would not be a final acceptance or rejection.
Washington has stated that it is ready to quickly reach an agreement to restore the 2015 agreement based on the EU proposals.
According to diplomats and officials, whether Tehran or Washington accept the EU’s “final” offer, neither side is likely to declare the pact dead because keeping it alive serves both sides’ interests.
The stakes are high because failure to reach an agreement on nuclear weapons poses the risk of a new regional war, with Israel threatening military action against Iran if diplomacy fails to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons capability.
Iran, which has long denied having such ambitions, has threatened Israel with a “crushing” response.
In 2018, then-President Donald Trump reneged on the nuclear deal reached prior to his election, calling it too soft on Iran, and reimposed harsh US sanctions, prompting the Islamic Republic to begin exceeding its uranium enrichment limits.