Iran Deputy FM to meet EU diplomat in Brussels

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Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Bagheri announced that he will meet European Union diplomat Enrique Mora on Wednesday in Brussels…reports Asian Lite News

“I will meet the Joint Commission coordinator in Brussels on Wednesday to continue our talks on result-oriented negotiations,” Bagheri tweeted.

Bagheri met Mora, deputy secretary-general and political director of the European External Action Service, in Tehran on October 14.

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Iran, Bagheri wrote, is “determined to engage in talks that remove unlawful and cruel sanctions in a full and effective manner”.

Six rounds of talks aimed at reviving the 2015 international agreement on a strict monitoring of Iran’s nuclear program and the lifting of sanctions on Iran were held in Vienna between April and July this year, but were interrupted by Iran’s presidential election.

Bagheri added that Tehran expects the negotiations will “secure the normalisation of Iran’s trade and economic relations, and provide credible guarantees of no further reneging” on the 2015 deal, formally known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The US unilaterally withdrew from the deal in May 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran under former President Donald Trump.

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During recent weeks, Western governments have insistently demanded Iran to resume the Vienna talks, while Iran responded that president Ebrahim Raisi’s administration, in charge since late August, needed some time to precise its approach to the negotiations.

One year after Trump terminated the US participation in the JCPOA and reimposed sanctions, Iran started gradually reducing its observation of the 2015 commitments and upgrading its nuclear program.