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Nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna moving in the right direction, says senior EU official

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“My concern, more than in the substance, is about the timing. There I have a feeling that we are going too slow. It would be an incredible mistake if, because of timing, we would not get a good solution,” the official said.

Iran will be on the agenda of talks U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will have with the 27 EU Foreign Ministers in Brussels on Monday.

 

According to a senior EU official, the current nuclear talks between world powers and Iran in Vienna are moving in the right direction and a final agreement may be within reach.

“My assessment is that we are on the right track for a final agreement,” the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said, referring to “small” progress in a number of issues.

“My concern, more than in the substance, is about the timing. There I have a feeling that we are going too slow. It would be an incredible mistake if, because of timing, we would not get a good solution,” the official said.

“Still, I think that we will have an agreement…and I think that it will be rather sooner than later,” the official added, mentioning 15 February as a possible tilming for a ‘’final comprehensive agreelment.’’

GENEVA, Jan 21 (Reuters) –

On Fridy, after meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he discussed Iran with hi mand warned there was only a brief window to bring the Vienna talks to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to a successful conclusion.

According to Reuters, Blinken told reporters the deal was an example of how Moscow and Washington can work together on security issues, urging Russia to use the influence it has and its relationship with Iran to impress upon Tehran the sense of urgency.

Blinken said there was still a window to return to the deal – which the U.S; under former President Donald Trump withdrew from it – but warned that Tehran’s continuing nuclear advances would foil any return to the accord if a fresh pact was not reached in coming weeks.

‘’The talks with Iran about a mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA have reached a decisive moment,” Blinken said.

He added, “If a deal is not reached in the next few weeks, Iran’s ongoing nuclear advances will make it impossible to return to the JCPOA. But right now, there’s still a window, a brief one, to bring those talks to a successful conclusion and address the remaining concerns of all sides.”

Iran will be on the agenda of the talks Blinken will have with the 27 EU Foreign Ministers in Brussels on Monday

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