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EU says no nuclear talks with Iran on Thursday in Brussels, contradicting Tehran

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The EU will not hold talks with Iran to revive the abandoned 2015 nuclear deal on Thursday in Brussels, foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday.

“We are at a critical point in time for the JCPOA [Iran nuclear deal]… Everybody is determined to bring the JCPOA on track, so we are working hard to go back to Vienna,” Borrell told reporters.

“No, next Thursday there is not going to be a meeting as far as a I know… We made clear to the Iranians that time is not on their side and its better to go back to the negotiations table quickly,” he added.

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This contradicts Iran’s announcement that its lead nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri, would go to Brussels for discussions on Thursday.

The EU has been trying to restart negotiations to revive the Iran nuclear deal which was abandoned after former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord in 2018.

Negotiations over reviving the nuclear accord have stalled since the election of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in June.

Since taking office, Raisi appointed several other hardline officials to his cabinet in a move experts say is intended to pressure the US into making concession in the nuclear talks.

US Secretary of State Antony Blink said in September that time was running out for Iran to return to the nuclear deal.

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