European Union External Action

Remarks of HR/VP Federica Mogherini upon arrival in Vienna for the talks on Iranian nuclear issue

Good afternoon  

As you know I have decided to reconvene the ministers. They will be arriving tonight and tomorrow. It is the third time in exactly one week. That's the end, the last part of this long marathon.

I think that arriving in Lausanne, in March, I said the last mile - This is the really last mile of these negotiations. While the previous times, when the ministers were coming on Sunday last week and on Thursday, we had bilateral meetings and we gave political guidance to their negotiating teams. I would say that from tomorrow onwards, during the next couple of days, we are here to check and assess if the deal can be closed.

My message today is that if a deal can be closed it's now. The issue is not the time. The issue is political decisions that needs to be taken now. I would like to take the opportunity now - before we see how the negotiations go in the last mile- to thank the excellent and tireless work of the negotiating teams, the technical teams, that have been, not only in the last days and nights but also in the last months and years, working very very hard, at the limits of the human possibilities, to find possible solutions for a deal. 

As I said, now is getting really into the last hours and last days and I will be happy to welcome the ministers coming in tonight and tomorrow morning so that we start our common work. 

You have a plan B? 

No. The rule is, and I think I said it also in another occasion, if you work on plan A you stick to plan A. So the deadline stays the 7th of July. As I said we are in the very last mile of the marathon and we have the conditions to get there. And as I said, if we are ready to get a deal. If a deal is possible, it's now.

What is standing in the way of a deal? 

This, we will discuss afterwards. I know secretary Kerry already told you we are not going to negotiate in public, so my answer is exactly in the same lines. I am not going to give any detail on content. I know you have some of the details by yourself. I am not going to get into the details myself. I think it's good if we don't negotiate in public. We are negotiating very hard, inside there, as you know we will continue to do that in the next hours and days. The time is now.

But we are very close? 

We are very close. 

How is the atmosphere? 

Good. The atmosphere is constructive and positive. I said on Thursday that I see the political will is there, I can still see it. Now it's a matter of seeing all together if this political will manages to translate into political decisions that might be hard, might be difficult but - as I said the technical work has been done, it still needs to be finished, the teams are going to continue working tonight and the next hours. If the political will is there, now is the time for the ministers to come together and see if all of this matures into a deal that can be closed.