“Iran welcomes the continuation of diplomacy and negotiations,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian told Borrell by telephone.
“The United States always says they want an agreement, so this approach has to be seen in the agreement and in practice,” he added.
On Tuesday, Borrell said he had proposed a new draft text to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying there was no room for more major concessions.
Under the nuclear deal, Iran is curtailing its nuclear program activities in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions imposed on Iran.
Former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran, which in turn caused the country to violate the terms of the agreement.
On Tuesday, the US State Department said it was studying Borrell’s proposal and would respond to the European Union.
In a separate context, the White House declined to comment on a report published by the news website “Axios,” in which it quoted US Middle East Coordinator Brett McGurk as saying it was “unlikely” to revive the 2015 nuclear deal in the near future. to blow in .
European initiative to revive the nuclear deal
On Tuesday, Josep Borrell, the European Union’s head of foreign policy, proposed a new draft text to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
“I have now put on the table a text detailing the lifting of sanctions and the nuclear steps needed to restore the functioning of the JCPOA,” Borrell wrote in a Financial Times article, referring to the 2015 agreement.
“After 15 months of intense and constructive negotiations in Vienna and numerous interactions with the JCPOA participants and the United States, I have concluded that the scope for important additional concessions has been exhausted,” he said.
Ali Bagheri Kani, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, confirmed that Borrell had made a new proposal, adding on Twitter: “We also have our own ideas, in content and form, to complete the negotiations, and we will present them. “
Borrell did not provide details on his proposal, but said time is running out to restore the agreement that saw Iran curb its nuclear program in return for the easing of economic sanctions.
“It is time for swift political decisions to finalize the negotiations in Vienna on the basis of the text I have proposed, and to return immediately to full implementation of the JCPOA,” he wrote.
“If the deal is rejected, we risk a serious nuclear crisis with the potential to further isolate Iran and its people,” he noted.