Press TV learns: Iran ready for direct talks with European trio in nuclear deal
Press TV learns that Iran has officially announced its readiness for talks with the three European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal in Tehran or in the trio’s respective capitals, contrary to certain US media claims.
Speaking to Press TV, a source familiar with top Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani’s diplomatic efforts in Brussels, Belgium, rejected the US media claims that Iran had responded negatively to a meeting with representatives of the European trio — France, Britain, and Germany.
According to the source, who was speaking on the condition of anonymity, Iran has formally voiced preparedness for direct talks with the three European parties to the nuclear deal, named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Iran, the source added, invited the three states for visits to Tehran or offered trips to the trio’s respective capitals for such talks, but it has received no response so far.
Baqeri-Kani is in Brussels to continue “talks on result-oriented negotiations” with the European Union’s Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora.
In a tweet on Monday, Baqeri-Kani said he would meet Mora, who acts as the coordinator of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal’s Joint Commission, in Brussels to discuss the continuation of talks.
Earlier, a Wall Street Journal journalist had claimed in a series of tweets that the Iranian deputy foreign minister was not willing to meet with representatives of the three European countries involved in the nuclear deal.
Former US President Donald Trump left the JCPOA in May 2018 and re-imposed the anti-Iran sanctions that the deal had lifted.
He also placed additional sanctions on Iran under other pretexts not related to the nuclear case as part of his “maximum pressure” campaign.