EU sees must-not-miss chance to revive Iran nuclear dealPTI | Brussels | Updated: 26-02-2021 16:32 IST | Created: 26-02-2021 16:12 IST
The top European Union diplomat supervising the international agreement aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions called Friday for a concerted effort to reinvigorate the pact even as Tehran appears to be reneging on some of its commitments.
"I am convinced as coordinator of the JCPOA that we do have diplomatic space, a diplomatic window of opportunity to dialogue" in line with Biden's aims, Borrell said. "We need to use this opportunity and focus on solutions to bring the JCPOA back on track in order for everybody (to fulfill) their commitments." Iran this week effectively set a deadline to lift the U.S. sanctions within three months, after which it said it would erase surveillance footage of its nuclear facilities. It has also limited some monitoring of its activities, which the EU says are meant to help ensure that Tehran's nuclear work is peaceful.
The U.N.'s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has also reported that Iran has added 17.6 kilograms (38.8 pounds) of uranium enriched up to 20 percent to its stockpile as of February 16 — far past the 3.67 percent purity allowed under the JCPOA.
Borrell said that Iran's latest moves "are very much concerning."
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