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EU: Iran will resume talks in 'an acceptable period of time'

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The European High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell attends a video conference with European Foreign Ministers in Brussels, Belgium, on April 22, 2020.
POOL via AFP / OLIVIER HOSLETThe European High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell attends a video conference with European Foreign Ministers in Brussels, Belgium, on April 22, 2020.

France is also seeking assistance from China in bringing Iran back to nuclear talks

The European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Thursday that Iran is expected to return to the negotiating table "soon" for attempts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

During a press conference delivered from Doha, the capital of Qatar, Borrel explained that he anticipated discussions between the two parties would resume "within an acceptable period of time," in remarks translated by Al Jazeera.

A spokesperson from Iran’s foreign ministry, Saeed Khatibzadeh, assured French paper Le Monde in Austria that “we certainly will return to the nuclear talks.” 

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However, he explained that this would only occur once thorough analysis is conducted by Raisi’s administration on the sixth round’s discussions.

Though several Iranian sources expressed a similar sentiment on time, many observers feel there is a disparity between Iran and the United States on the definition of “soon.”

“The difference between Iranian and Western ‘soon’ is a lot,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian announced on state TV channel IRINN.

“To us, ‘soon’ means really in the first opportune time - when our reviews (of the nuclear file) have been completed.” 

Meanwhile, France is looking to China for assistance in urging Iran to return, noting their close relationship.

French Foreign Ministry representative Anne Claire Legendre informed Reuters that Paris asked Beijing to employ “convincing arguments” in drawing Tehran back to the negotiating table.