EXPERT PERSPECTIVE — The EU may be losing confidence in the prospect of a new nuclear agreement with Iran. The Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) seems to have been inching closer over the past few weeks, but EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell, who has been managing indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran, said Monday that “The positions [of the two countries] are not closer . . . If the process does not converge, then the whole process is in danger.”
Borrell did not specify the issues that have dimmed progress toward an agreement, but media reporting points to a growing gap over the status of IAEA monitoring of Iran’s nuclear program, and Iran’s demands for U.S. guarantees that sanctions relief will continue even if the deal is subsequently disrupted.
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