‘Nuclear deal with Iran ‘possible’’

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BREST (AFP): EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Friday that a renewed deal with Iran on curtailing its nuclear programme remained “possible” as talks in Vienna advance in a “better atmosphere”.
“We’re arriving at the end of a long process… there’s a better atmosphere since Christmas — before Christmas I was very pessimistic. Today I believe reaching an accord is possible,” he said after an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers.
He said a final deal could be concluded “in the coming weeks”.
“I still maintain the hope that it would be possible to remake this agreement and have it function as it did before the American withdrawal,” he added.
Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman echoed that sentiment earlier this week, saying that efforts by “all parties” to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers had resulted in “good progress” during the Vienna talks.
But EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell spoke alongside French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who reiterated his view that the talks are progressing “much too slowly to be able to reach a result”.
“We now have to conclude and come to a decision: Either the Iranians want to complete this, in which case we have the impression that there will be flexibility in the Americans’ stance.”
“Or they don’t want to complete this, and in that case we will be faced with a major proliferation crisis,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.
“There will be nothing more to negotiate if nothing happens,” he warned.
Negotiations to salvage the nuclear deal resumed in late November after they were suspended in June as Iran elected a new, ultraconservative government in Tehran.

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