EU Official Denies Mogherini’s Secret Letter to Zarif
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior official with the European Union (EU) denied media reports that EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini has sent a secret letter to Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
“EU denies any secret letter,” the official told the Tasnim News Agency on Monday on condition of anonymity.
In similar remarks on Sunday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman also denied reports that Zarif has received a secret letter from Mogherini.
Rumors went around last week that Mogherini has sent Zarif a secret letter, saying the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) has lived up to all of its commitments under a lasting nuclear deal with Iran, and that the outstanding problems in financial and banking ties with Tehran have nothing to do with their commitments under the accord.
While the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (also known as the P5+1 or E3+3) came into force in January, some Iranian officials complain about the US failure to fully implement the accord.
In an interview with Tasnim back in April, Mogherini said the EU has been holding talks with the US to remove the obstacles in the way of banks trying to get into Iran after implementation of the nuclear deal.