Iran’s Zarif, EU’s Mogherini Discuss JCPOA in Working Breakfast

VIENNA (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had a working breakfast with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini in the Austrian capital of Vienna, discussing the future of the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

According to Tasnim dispatches, in the meeting in Vienna on Friday morning, Zarif and Mogherini exchanged views about the EU’s package of economic measures to save the JCPOA following the US exit.

The two sides also held talks on the most important issues surrounding ways to offset the US pullout from the international nuclear deal.

The working breakfast came ahead of a meeting of foreign ministers of Iran, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany in Vienna later on Friday to discuss Europe’s package.

Earlier this week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani paid official visits to Switzerland and Austria as part of his efforts to save the JCPOA after the US exit.

On May 8, the US president pulled his country out of the JCPOA, which was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

Following the US exit, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the accord.

Meanwhile, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has underlined that any decision to keep the JCPOA running without the US should be conditional on “practical guarantees” from the Europeans.

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