🧵New from me: Diplomacy ramps up to try to break impasse on Iran talks. diplomatic.substack.com/p/diplomacy-ra…
*EU’s Mora travels to Iran Oct. 14, saying “urgency” to return to talks
*IAEA DG Grossi to brief Senate panel Oct. 19
*Blinken with Israel, UAE FMs:“We remain ready to return to talks,’ but ‘prepared to turn to other options’
US Iran envoy Rob Malley to travel to Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar. Malley: “We are realistic. We know that there is a good possibility that Iran is going to choose a different path, and we need to coordinate with Israel and with other partners in region.” diplomatic.substack.com/p/diplomacy-ra…
France expressed exasperation with new Iran gov’t, in a harsh statement describing Mora’s trip to Iran as occurring at a moment of “crisis” over delays at returning to talks.
“While refusing to negotiate, Iran is creating de facto situations on the ground” diplomatic.substack.com/p/diplomacy-ra…
“I will be traveling to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar in just a matter of days … to talk about our efforts to come back into the JCPOA and to talk about what options we have to control Iran’s nuclear program if we can’t achieve that goal,” Malley said. diplomatic.substack.com/p/diplomacy-ra…
Malley called decision to quit deal "catastrophic." "If we had remained within the JCPOA, then we would have had all these yrs of implementing it" & cd've started to discuss other issues. Instead, negotiators now trying to get Iran back to deal's limits diplomatic.substack.com/p/diplomacy-ra…
Update: State announces trip Malley mentioned. He will travel to UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia Oct. 15-21, to “discuss a range of concerns on Iran.” state.gov/special-envoy-…

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