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EU top diplomats bid for "reverse tension" on visit to Iran

European Union Foreign Policy Director Josep Borrell on Friday night for a visit that could breathe new life into deadlocked negotiations on the resurgence of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal I went to Tehran.

Borel was to meet with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdrahian and other officials, said Sayed Katibzade, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"Diplomacy is the only way to return to full execution of the deal and reverse current tensions," Borrell tweeted when the EU confirmed his two-day trip in a statement. did.

News of his previously unpublished visit came after Amir Abdrahian said last week that Iran believed that negotiations could still be successful.

Transactions have been held by threads since 2018. President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the agreement and began imposing devastating economic sanctions on Iran.

US President Joe Biden's administration sought to return to an agreement, saying it was the best path to Islamic republic.

The talks in Vienna, which began last April, aim to bring the United States back into the agreement, including lifting sanctions on Iran, while ensuring full compliance with Tehran's nuclear commitments. ..

"We are ready to conclude this agreement and urge Iran to seize this diplomatic opportunity and conclude it now, but this is still possible," said the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The spokesman said in a statement.

Negotiations stalled in March, especially over Iran's demand to remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard from US terrorists, among the differences between Tehran and Washington.

Thursday Amir Abdrahian said Iran is serious about reaching an agreement.

"I hope we can reach the final stage of the agreement on American realism in the near future," he said. "The train of nuclear negotiations is nearing its end and has reached a difficult stop. ""

'American firm commitment'

On Thursday, European Union negotiation coordinator Enrique Mora joined Borel and US negotiator Robert. I tweeted a picture of myself eating. Murray at a restaurant in Brussels.

"A detailed conversation about #JCPOA and the regional perspective in the Middle East. Marie reiterated the United States' firm commitment to return to the agreement," referring to its official name, the Joint Comprehensive Agreement. wrote. Action plan.

Islamic republic sanctions in exchange for guarantees that nuclear weapons cannot be developed after an agreement has been reached between Iran and six major countries (UK, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States). Freed from.

Iran has always denied a desire for nuclear weapons.

In April, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States still believes that the return to the agreement is "the best way to deal with the nuclear issue raised by Iran."

Blinken warned that the "breakout time" for Iran to develop a nuclear bomb would be "within a few weeks" after the contract pushed up for more than a year.

This month, the International Atomic Energy Agency's board called Iran for failing to adequately explain its previous findings of traces of enriched uranium at three sites that did not declare that Tehran hosted nuclear activities. Adopted a resolution to condemn.

On June 8, Tehran said it had disconnected many IAEA cameras that were monitoring nuclear sites.

IAEA Chief Rafael Grossi later confirmed that 27 cameras had been disconnected, leaving about 40 remaining.

He warns that Iran's move could have a "fatal blow" to negotiations unless UN nuclear observer inspectors are granted access within three to four weeks. did.

Borel's first visit to Tehran since February 2020 could be a deciding factor in the fate of this transaction.

During the talks in Vienna aimed at resurrecting the agreement, Iran has repeatedly sought guarantees from the Biden administration that Trump's withdrawal would not be repeated.