Iran wants EU to mediate nuclear deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Sharif.
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The EU must act as a mediator between Iran and the United States to secure the 2015 nuclear deal. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told CNN International.

A nuclear deal was signed in 2015 between Iran, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union. Its purpose is to reduce Iran’s nuclear program. However, former US President Donald Trump decided in May 2018 to unilaterally withdraw his country from the agreement and re-impose sanctions on Iran. His successor, Joe Biden, has already said he wants to rejoin the deal that came under President Barack Obama.

According to Geoffrey, Joseph Borrell, the top representative of European foreign policy, should act as a mediator. As the co-ordinator of the joint committee overseeing the deal, he can outline “actions to be taken by the United States and actions to be taken by Iran.”

Iran hopes that the United States will take the first step toward reaching an agreement by lifting sanctions against Iran.

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