June 16, 2021
The deputy secretary-general of the European Union’s European External Action Service, Enrique Mora, provided an update on the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna for reporters on Tuesday. Mora said that progress had been made but that the talks needed more time.
He also expressed optimism that a deal could be concluded to revive the 2015 nuclear accord, saying the “obstacles (are)…something that I think can be bridged. This is why we are here: to negotiate these different approaches, and I think we will succeed.”
Mora also touched upon an incident where Iranian opposition groups who were protesting outside the Grand Hotel in Vienna were barred from the site following complaints from members of the nuclear deal’s Joint Commission about the noise being made outside, which was impairing the proceedings. Austrian police cited the European Union’s head of negotiations—Enrique Mora—as requesting improvement in the conditions. But Mora denied to reporters on Tuesday he ever specifically requested the Austrian police cancel the protest and said that the European Union supports freedom of expression.
While the European Union has consistently expressed optimism about the likelihood of reviving the nuclear deal, diplomats from the E3—Germany, France, and the United Kingdom—as well as the United States have been more guarded in their assessments of the talks to date.