EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell was due to meet with Iran’s top diplomat on Saturday after arriving for talks on efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Borrell traveled to Tehran on Friday night aimed at getting talks back on track, three months after differences between Iran and the United States stalled.
“Diploma is the only way for full implementation of the deal and de-escalation of current tensions,” Borrell tweeted on Friday.
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He is expected to meet with Foreign Minister Hussein Amir-Abdullahian and other Iranian officials later on Saturday.
The nuclear deal has been hanging by a thread since 2018, when then US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal and began imposing economic sanctions on America’s arch enemy.
Current US President Joe Biden’s administration has called for a return to the deal, saying it would be the best course of action with the Islamic Republic.
US negotiator Robert Mali on Thursday over a meal in Brussels with Borrell “reiterated a firm US commitment to getting back to the deal”, according to the EU’s coordinator for talks, Enrique Mora.
The talks, which began in April last year, are aimed at getting the United States back to back the deal, which includes lifting sanctions while ensuring Tehran full compliance with its nuclear commitments.
Talks stalled in March amid differences between Tehran and Washington, particularly over calls by Iran to remove its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from the US terrorist list.
The 2015 nuclear deal with six major powers – Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US – gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for a guarantee that it could not develop nuclear weapons.
Iran has always denied wanting a nuclear arsenal.
“We stand ready to terminate this agreement, and urge Iran to end this diplomatic opportunity while it is still possible,” a French foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Friday.
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