Iran and the EU announce the resumption of nuclear pact negotiations
The US State Department had previously titled Parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Action Plan on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program.
The framework agreement materialized in a document published by the EU’s European External Action Service entitled Joint Statement by the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Switzerland
No one now has obligations other than the obligations we already assumed under the Joint Plan of Action that we approved in Geneva in November 2013.
Announcing the framework, Foreign Minister Zarif stated: “No agreement has been reached, so we have no obligation yet.
The parties announced: “Today we have taken a decisive step: we have reached solutions on key parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action”, which they intended to complete by June 30.
Based on the April 2015 Iran nuclear deal framework, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and the P5+1 and EU was announced on July 14, 2015 in Vienna.
Tensions over Iran’s nuclear program have risen in recent weeks following a resolution passed by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) against Iran for its lack of transparency.
Tehran responded by shutting down 27 surveillance cameras at different nuclear facilities, key to verifying the progress of Iran’s nuclear program.
The IAEA has warned that in a few weeks it will not be able to reconstruct the evolution of Iran’s nuclear program.
Borrell’s visit to Tehran follows that made this week by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who also discussed the nuclear deal, as well as energy cooperation with Iran, among other issues.
In addition, in recent weeks there have been a large number of official visits by foreign leaders or senior officials to the Persian country, such as that of the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro; the Turkmen, Gurbangulí Berdimujamédov, or the Pakistani Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto.
Iran and the European Union (EU) announced on Saturday the resumption in “the coming days” of talks to save the 2015 nuclear pact, paralyzed since March, in a visit to Tehran by the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell.
The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs announced the resumption of talks limiting Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, after meeting for more than three hours with Iranian Foreign Minister Hosein Amir Abdolahian.