EU foreign policy chief says Iran nuclear deal ‘very close’ — RT World News

Iran and its partners are set to agree on terms for reviving the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal, the foreign and security chief said on Saturday. EU security policy, Josep Borrell, to participants at the international conference of the Doha Forum.

We are very close to an agreement and I hope it will be possible“, he said, suggesting to reporters that it could be”a matter of days” before the parties agreed to resuscitate the agreement. A recent snag in negotiations over Russia’s ability to continue its existing trade relationship with Iran despite sanctions imposed following its invasion of Ukraine has been resolved despite Western concerns. Moscow was deliberately delaying the deal.

Borrell’s statement in Doha came shortly after a surprise appearance by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who echoed the United States’ oft-repeated call for oil-producing countries to increase production so that Russia cannot “blackmailother countries by refusing to sell them fuel. However, so far it has been Washington that has tried to stop Moscow from selling its fuel, calling for a total ban on Russian oil and gas sales to the United States. The country continued to sell oil and gas to Europe, warning that if the continent tried to join the United States with its own embargo, it would only hurt itself.

Former President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the deal shortly after taking office and Washington has shown little interest in reviving it until Russia’s recognition of the breakaway Donetsk republics and Lugansk in the Donbass and the subsequent invasion of Ukraine trigger the oil and gas price spike. .

As the United States tried to convince major oil-producing countries like Saudi Arabia to increase production to compensate for the breakdown in trade relations with Russia, his pleas largely fell on deaf ears, forcing the White House to ask for help from countries it once considered enemies. , including Venezuela and – potentially – Iran. Saudi oil production and refining facilities have also been the target of massive attacks in recent weeks by the Houthis, who still languish under a Saudi-led coalition blockade that impedes food and supplies medical essentials to reach them.

The JCPOA nuclear treaty imposed hard limits on the development of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions that crippled the country’s economy for years. Although it was passed in 2015, the sanctions were never fully overturned and bad blood simmered between multiple parties, each accusing the other of failing to deliver on their end of the bargain. The current version of the agreement was negotiated over nearly 12 months.

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