Research Analyst Samuel Hickey wrote a piece in Arms Control Today laying out the current status of negotiations to revive the Iran nuclear deal.
European and U.S. negotiators have thrown cold water on indications that the Iranian nuclear deal could soon be restored.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told the European Parliament on March 28 that, “It would be a shame not to reach some sort of an agreement when we’re so near to reaching one. But I cannot guarantee that we will reach an agreement.” His comments echoed Robert Malley, the U.S. special envoy for Iran, who said on March 27 that he is not confident agreement between Western powers and Iran is imminent.
Their comments followed signs that all parties were preparing to resume compliance with the deal after months of negotiations.
Russia has dropped its last-minute demands for carve-outs in U.S. sanctions imposed because of the war in Ukraine, so the remaining hurdles to restoring the United States and Iran to mutual compliance with the deal are between Washington and Tehran, according to negotiators and close observers of the lengthy process. Read more