VIENNA, July 17 (Reuters) – Behind closed doors in a
19th-century Viennese palace, U.S. and European negotiators have
tried to scare Iran with facts and figures showing that without
a swift nuclear deal it will plunge further into economic ruin.
In conference rooms at the Palais Coburg, Western officials
have repeatedly warned Iranian counterparts over the past six
months that more economic pain is a risk for an OPEC member
whose oil exports have already shrunk to a fraction of what they
could have been, diplomats and Iranian officials told Reuters.
BRUSSELS/VIENNA (Reuters) – With talks between world powers and Iran over a broad nuclear accord at an impasse, Western governments are considering offering a significant easing of sanctions early on in the process to try to wring concessions from Tehran, diplomats say.
To be effective, such a plan would have to involve clear guidance to companies made wary by U.S. fines for sanctions-busting, be reversible and not go too far, or skeptical U.S. lawmakers would simply reimpose restrictions.