Excluding the U.S., Remaining Countries in Iran Nuclear Deal to Meet in Vienna on Sunday

The attempt to salvage the deal comes in the wake of heightened regional tensions and clear breaches of enriched uranium stockpile levels on behalf of Iran

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during ceremony attended by Iranian clerics in Tehran, Iran, July 16, 2019.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during ceremony attended by Iranian clerics in Tehran, Iran, July 16, 2019. Credit: HANDOUT/Reuters

Representatives from the nations that are still parties to the shaky Iran nuclear deal plan to meet in Vienna on Sunday to see to what extent the agreement can be salvaged in the wake of the United States pulling out and Iran exceeding some of the uranium enrichment thresholds the deal set.

The European Union said in a statement on Tuesday that the meeting of China, Russia, Britain, France, Germany and chaired by the EU "will examine issues linked to the implementation of the [nuclear deal] in all its aspects."

The meeting was convened at the request of France, Germany, the U.K. and Iran and will "examine issues linked to the implementation of the JCPOA [nuclear deal] in all its aspects," the statement added.

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Iran has begun openly exceeding the uranium enrichment levels set in the accord to try to pressure Europe into offsetting the economic pain of U.S. sanctions.

Iran and the United States came to the brink of war last month after the Islamic Republic shot down a U.S. drone, nearly prompting a retaliatory attack which U.S. President Donald Trump called off at the last minute.

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