EU Top Diplomat Visits Iran In Bid To Revive Nuclear Talks
Iran– European Union (EU) foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, visits Iran to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Borell is on a two-day visit to Iran. He reached Iran on Friday.
Borrell met Iran’s top diplomat on Saturday to revive the deal. The talk on the Iran nuclear deal stalled amid differences between Iran and the United States.
Borrell is expected to meet Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other Iranian officials later on Saturday. The EU diplomat will try to convince the ministers to revive the nuclear deal.
France urges Iran to take ‘advantage’ of Borrell’s visit
On Friday, France urged Iran to take “advantage” of a visit by Borrell to conclude the 2015 nuclear deal. The French foreign affairs ministry also said, “We are ready to conclude this deal and we urge Tehran to take advantage of this diplomatic opportunity to conclude the deal now.”
Earlier this month, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also urged Iran to resume talks to revive the deal. The United States, Britain, France and Germany also submitted a motion to the United Nations-backed IAEA to censure Iran over its lack of cooperation with the agency to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.
About Iran nuclear deal
In 2015, Iran signed a nuclear deal with China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union and Germany. Under the agreement, Iran confirmed to limit its nuclear activity to civilian purposes, and in return, western countries agreed to drop their economic sanctions against Iran.
However, the deal began to fall apart when former US President Donald Trump withdrew the country from the deal in 2018. He also reimposed sanctions on Iran.
The negotiations to revive the Iran nuclear deal started again in April 2021. In April 2022, Iranian lawmakers set their conditions for the revival of the nuclear deal.