Enrique Mora, European Union’s lead negotiator on Iran’s nuclear issue met with Ali Bagheri, political deputy of Iran’s foreign ministry in Tehran, on Thursday.
Mora’s trip announced earlier this week is meant to break a deadlock in the Vienna nuclear negotiation between Iran and world power that was suspended by Tehran in June. Despite calls by Western powers for the resumption of the talks, Iran has not committed to a clear date for returning to Vienna.
Iranian media reported that the two sides discussed “bilateral and regional issues”, including Afghanistan and the lifting of "cruel sanctions" imposed by the United States after former president Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement.
There is no news yet if there was an agreement over resuming the nuclear talks.
On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his British, French and German counterparts made statements that Mora’s trip is critical, and Iran must return to the talks. Blinken reiterated that the United States has to consider “other options” if Iran refuses to return to the nuclear agreement (JCPOA) and continues to advance its nuclear program.