Josep Borrell is in Tehran to facilitate a return to the negotiation table by Iran and Washington.
The EU and Tehran have decided on an agreement to restart the nuclear negotiations with Washington that has been in stalemate for three months. The decision was reached during Josep Borrell’s visit to Tehran on Saturday.
Indirect negotiations between Iran and the US will soon resume, the Iranian head of diplomatic apparatus and the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy stated. Following exhausting but fruitful talks, the announcements were delivered during a public news conference. The measures are expected to reinstate the 2015 nuclear agreement known as JCPOA.
According to Iranian foreign minister, Iran’s ability to gain from the full advantages of global economic growth is what counts most.
According to Amirabdollahian, no agreement can be reached on any topic that might harm Iran’s financial prosperity. “We hope, specifically, that the American side will this time realistically and fairly engage in committed and responsible acts towards reaching the final point of an agreement,” he asserted.
The EU representative praised the restart of the negotiations and stated that the globe and the region will gain from a renewed nuclear agreement.
Borrell reportedly expressed a desire to visit Iran again later, most likely after the relief of Iran from Washington sanctions. The goal of the following visit would be to continue talks about the “great potential” of improving economic relations.
Borrell also stated in a string of tweets that followed the press conference that the resumed negotiations will focus on “resolving the last outstanding issues.”
After landing in Tehran, Borrell and Enrique Mora visited Iranian foreign minister and the head of the nuclear negotiating team. Borrell is also expected to have an important meeting with Iranian security chief.
Josep Borrell; Why in Tehran?
Iranian IRGC classification as a terrorist entity by Washington has been one of the main remaining issues. The force’s declassification, as Tehran insists, is still a key central demand. Both parties have been openly urging each other to make compromises throughout this period.
Amirabdollahian said last week that Tehran had presented Washington with a fresh proposition to advance the negotiations. The new proposition was communicated through the European Union, according to the Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson, who did not provide any further information.
Days have passed since Borrell and Mora met with the US special representative on Iran. Robert Malley underlined the US’s unequivocal pledge to rejoin the agreement, as Mora previously expressed.
As one of the main parties to the JCPOA, France advised Iran to benefit from Josep Borrell’s visit yesterday. France thinks there is still time to wrap up the negotiations that still seems conceivable.
A new resolution was submitted against Tehran by the Washington and its European partners, all parties to the JCPOA. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board adopted the resolution criticizing Iran for its nuclear development.
The IAEA’s consistent access to information is threatened by the action, according to the association’s Director General. Rafael Grossi emphasized that if it wasn’t fixed, it may strike a “fatal blow” to attempts to restore the deal.
Tehran believes that the main blow was struck by the western parties, passing a resolution against Iran amid the talks. Josep Borrell is in Tehran, but it seems the challenge rests on the other side. What Tehran insists is a full return to the original deal.