The European Union is making a last-ditch effort to salvage the Iran nuclear deal by bringing together all negotiators for a surprise and sudden resumption of talks on Thursday, August 4, Politico reported, citing three sources.
The talks are now coming to Vienna to see if there is even a shred of hope left. Diplomats from the United States, Iran, China, Russia, Germany, Britain and France will attend, as well as the EU, which is acting as an intermediary, with Iran refusing to speak directly with the United States.
Enrique Mora, a senior EU official coordinating the talks, confirmed the talks resumed on Twitter.
It is not yet known what the hierarchical level of the officials present will be and how long the talks will last. As has been the case for several months, the meetings will mainly take place at the luxurious Palais Coburg hotel, located in the historic district of Vienna. Today, preparations will begin for the relocation of the media tent to the hotel.
Sources familiar with the talks played down expectations and warned it was too early to tell whether the talks would be successful. There are still a number of unresolved disputes that need to be resolved, and it is unclear whether Iran has changed its stance since the previous round of talks collapsed in March.