As Josep Borrell, the EU’s top diplomat, announced what could be the endgame in restoring a multinational nuclear deal with Iran, Russia announced a major setback for the last remaining nuclear treaty between Moscow and Washington.
The Iran nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plant of Action (JCPOA), was first reached in 2015 by Iran and major world powers, including China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom. It was later abandoned in 2018 by then-U.S. President Donald Trump, who reinstated sanctions against the Islamic Republic, ratcheting up tensions between Washington and Tehran that have lingered to the present day.
President Joe Biden set out to reenter the deal after coming to office a year and a half ago, and has sent U.S. officials in nine rounds of negotiations in the Austrian capital of Vienna. The protracted effort has tested the resolve of Washington and Tehran, both of whom have repeatedly called on the other to make the political decisions necessary to reach a resolution, while at the same time avoiding indefinite commitments or imposing arbitrary deadlines on the talks.