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EU’s top diplomat: Iran ready to resume nuclear talks at ‘early date’

Josep Borrell, the EU's top diplomat, speaks during a press conference after an informal meeting of foreign ministers at the EU Delegation, on September 20, 2021, in New York City. (Angela Weiss/AFP)
Josep Borrell, the EU's top diplomat, speaks during a press conference after an informal meeting of foreign ministers at the EU Delegation, on September 20, 2021, in New York City. (Angela Weiss/AFP)

BRUSSELS — The European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell says that Iran’s top diplomat has assured him at their first meeting that Tehran was ready to restart talks on the nuclear deal soon.

EU-mediated negotiations began in Vienna in April, aimed at reviving a 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers — an accord left hanging by a thread after former US president Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew in 2018 and ramped up sanctions.

The discussions, which involve the remaining parties seeking to persuade Washington to rejoin the deal and Iran to return to its nuclear commitments, have been stalled since June, when ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi was elected as Iran’s president.

An EU statement says that Borrell “underlined once again the great importance of a quick resumption of the Vienna talks” at a meeting yesterday with Iran’s new top diplomat Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

“The Iranian Foreign Minister assured of the willingness to resume negotiations at an early date,” the statement says.

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