Diplomats from countries still party to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran are set to hold an emergency meeting in Vienna on Sunday to discuss ways of salvaging the agreement, a meeting that Iranians don’t pin high hopes on to make a breakthrough.
The European Union said the remaining signatories – EU and E3 (UK, Germany and France) besides China and Russia will “examine issues linked to the implementation of the deal in all its aspects”.
The EU said Sunday’s meeting, to be chaired by EU foreign policy service’s Secretary General Helga Schmid, was requested by France, Germany, the U.K. and Iran.
“We are not optimistic about the EU,” Sayed Mohammad Marandi, an Iranian academic and political analyst who was part of the nuclear deal negotiations in 2015, told Anadolu Agency.
The 2015 nuclear deal suffered a body blow last year after the U.S. administration unilaterally withdrew from it and imposed fresh sanctions against Iran.
After a wait of one year, Tehran last month announced measures to scale back its commitments to the deal, citing lack of action from the EU/E3 to save the agreement.
The measures, including scaling up uranium enrichment beyond the stipulated limit under the accord, drew sharp reaction from many European leaders.
The Iranian government said the measures were reversible only through EU/E3’s compliance.
“So far, they [Europeans] have shown themselves to be too intimidated by Trump,” Marandi said.
“Nevertheless, we are giving them an opportunity to change policy and commit themselves to implementing the nuclear deal.”
Marandi opines that the decision taken by the Iranian government to scale back its commitments to the 2015 deal was warranted.
“The U.S. has torn the deal and the EU, despite verbal commitments, is in full violation,” he said. “For the past 14 months, Iran has been the only side to abide by its commitments.”