Top EU diplomat hopeful for deal at Iran nuclear talks
The European Union's foreign policy chief said Friday he is hopeful that stalled talks with Iran over the country's nuclear program can reach an agreement.
The talks between Tehran and world powers deadlocked in part over Iran's demand for the United States to lift a terrorist designation on the country's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard.
Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of the Group of Seven major economies in Germany, Josep Borrell, the EU's high representative for foreign policy, said an EU envoy visited Tehran this week for talks that had "gone better than expected."
"The negotiations have been stalled for two months due to this disagreement about what to do with the Revolutionary Guard," Borrell said.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian echoed Borrell's assessment, saying on Twitter that the discussions between the EU envoy and Iran's negotiator "were another opportunity to focus on initiatives to resolve the remaining issues."