Nuclear Deal: Iran ‘pondering’ EU proposal for talks with US

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

21st Feb, 2021. 11:54 am

Iran is reportedly considering the European Union’s offer to host an informal meeting with the United States and other parties to the 2015 nuclear deal.

According to the media reports, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell expressed his readiness to invite the current parties to the JCPOA, namely the P4+1 and Iran, to attend an unofficial meeting to develop the future roadmap of the deal.

Washington, which left the multilateral deal in 2018, will also be invited to attend the informal meeting as a guest.

The Iranian diplomat said, Tehran believes the US return to the JCPOA and the implementation of its commitments including the removal of sanctions do not need any negotiation.

Last week, State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement that Washington would accept an invitation from the European Union to attend a meeting of the participants in the original agreement.

“The United States would accept an invitation from the European Union High Representative to attend a meeting of the P5+1 and Iran to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran’s nuclear program.” Said Ned Price

Washington, in another move; said that the administration has eased extremely strict limits on the travel of Iranian diplomats accredited to the United Nations.

The Trump administration had imposed the severe restrictions, which essentially confined them to their U.N. mission and the U.N. headquarters building in New York.

It should be mentioned here that the Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif warned new American leadership unpredictable consequences if failed to live up to commitments under the nuclear deal.

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