The window of opportunity to save the international nuclear agreement with Iran has shrunk to a matter of weeks, EU diplomat Enrique Mora warned negotiators in mid-December.
“Difficult political decisions have to be taken both in Tehran and in Washington,” Mora, the talks’ coordinator, said on Monday at the start of the eighth and possibly final round of negotiations in Vienna to salvage the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Time is running out fast before the 2015 deal becomes meaningless.
In 2018, then US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the deal and reimposed US sanctions on Tehran.
A year later, Iran started to violate many of the deal’s provisions.
Tehran is currently enriching small amounts of uranium up to 60% purity — a short step from weapons-grade levels of 90%. Iran also spins advanced centrifuges barred by the accord,…