Nuclear Deal With Iran Will Soon Be 'Empty Shell' - European Diplomats

Nuclear Deal With Iran Will Soon Be 'Empty Shell' - European Diplomats

Andrew H. Sweet

"As of this moment, we still have not been able to get down to real negotiations," the diplomats from the so-called E3 said in a statement about the Vienna nuclear negotiations in which they are shuttling between U.S. and Iranian officials.

"Time is running out. Without swift progress, in light of Iran's fast-forwarding of its nuclear program, the JCPOA will very soon become an empty shell," they added, referring to the deal, whose full name is the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The statement offered a pessimistic assessment of efforts to revive the deal under which Iran had limited its nuclear program in return for relief from U.S., European Union, and U.N. economic sanctions.

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