The deal offers Iran economic incentives in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, but with the reinstatement of American sanctions, the other signatories China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K. have struggled to provide Iran the assistance it seeks.
President-elect Joe Biden has said he hopes to return the US to the deal, which was negotiated while he was vice president. Borrell and the other countries would welcome such a move.
At this critical juncture, Iran's action also risks undermining efforts aimed at building upon the existing diplomatic process. We urge Iran to refrain from further escalation and reverse this course of action without delay, Borrell said in his statement, released late Monday.
Borrell added that the EU looks forward to working with the incoming U.S. administration. Despite Iran's violations, the IAEA has reported that Tehran continues to give inspectors full access to its nuclear sites a key reason the signatories say it is worth preserving.
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