Today, Thursday, Tehran is expected to receive the European Union coordinator for nuclear talks with Iran, Enrique Mora. Mora announced in a tweet on his Twitter account on Wednesday evening that he will travel to Tehran today as the coordinator of the nuclear talks.
He also made it clear that he would raise with officials there the urgent need to resume the Vienna negotiations.
Traveling to Tehran where I will meet my counterpart at a critical point in time. As a coordinator of the JCPOA, I will raise the urgency to resume #JCPOA negotiations in Vienna. Crucial to pick up talks from where we left last June to continue diplomatic work.
— Enrique Mora (@enriquemora_) October 13, 2021
In addition, he stressed that it is necessary to resume talks from where they left off last June to continue diplomatic work.
This visit comes, according to diplomats from the EU troika, Britain, France and Germany, to Reuters, at a sensitive time as Iran continues to make progress on its nuclear program.
One of the European diplomats also saw that Mora’s meetings coincide with “the constantly and severely deteriorating nuclear situation,” referring to Tehran’s acceleration of uranium enrichment to higher purity degrees, a possible path to making a nuclear bomb. “That is why today’s visit is not an ordinary business from the point of view of the European Union,” he added.
From a street in Tehran (AFP)
In addition to all of that, the visit is accompanied by an atmosphere of deep crisis facing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the nuclear agreement).
During the past hours, the US administration has repeatedly threatened other options, including the military, if the winds of negotiations do not proceed as desired by the Western countries.
While the US special envoy to the Iranian file, Robert Malley, confirmed yesterday that the United States is ready to discuss “all options” if Iran is not ready to return to compliance with the restrictions of the nuclear agreement signed in 2015, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, in turn, renewed the same trend, waving other plans.
From the Vienna meetings on Iran’s nuclear program (Archive – Reuters)
There is no doubt that the phrase “all options” means the possibility of resorting to military action, albeit from a distance!
It is noteworthy that the nuclear negotiations have been suspended since last June, after they were launched in Vienna in April, with 6 rounds recorded, without leading to the revival of the agreement from which the previous US administration withdrew, re-imposing many sanctions.