Borrell says Tehran-Riyadh normalization won’t help nuclear deal talks

The head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell believes that the normalization of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia will not affect the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear agreement. Mr. Borrell is the coordinator of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which aims to limit Iran’s nuclear program.

“The JCPOA is a different issue, it is managed by other structures. We continue to work. Good relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran are positive in any case, but the JCPOA has its own dynamics,” the head of European diplomacy answered the corresponding question from journalists in Brussels (quoted by RIA Novosti).

The JCPOA was signed by Iran and five members of the UN Security Council – China, Russia, Britain, France, the United States – plus Germany in 2015. The parties agreed to lift anti-Iranian sanctions in exchange for limiting the nuclear program. In 2018, US President Donald Trump announced his country’s withdrawal from the deal, resuming the policy of sanctions pressure.

Negotiations with Tehran on a nuclear deal resumed after President Joe Biden came to power.

On March 10, Iran and Saudi Arabia, mediated by China, agreed to resume diplomatic relations and open embassies.

Read more in the publication “Kommersant” “The Middle East went for rapprochement.”

Maria Fedotova


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