Iranian FM, EU chief hold talks prior to nuclear meeting

Iranian foreign minister and the European Union (EU) foreign policy chief on Friday discussed implementation of the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers in 2015.

Mohammad Javad Zarif and Federica Mogherini, attending a working breakfast on Friday morning, discussed the future of the deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) following the US unilateral withdrawal from it.

Zarif and Mogherini met in Vienna’s Palais Coburg Hotel, hours before the start of another meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission, which is going to be held there, with the presence of foreign ministers of five countries (UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany).

Speaking to reporters upon arrival in Vienna early Friday, Zarif urged the EU to guarantee the rights of Iran in the deal.

On May 8 this year, US President Donald Trump announced that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement.

Trump also said he would reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose “the highest level” of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against it.

Today’s meeting, which has been called upon Tehran’s request, will be chaired by Mogherini, as it is expected to discuss ways to keep the nuclear pact active and effective, aa well as EU’s proposal to protect Iran’s economy through financial packages and guarantees.

Source: Kuwait News Agency