Thursday, 23 May 2019 - 18 of Iyyar, 5779

U.S.Secretary of State Pompeo holds talks on Iran in Brussels

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BRUSSELS—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to hold talks on Iran with European Union officials in Brussels on Monday before heading to Russia for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A year after the U.S. withdrew from the JCPOA, the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, Iran has threatened that it will no longer be committed to parts of the deal with the other world powers that signed the deal.

On Wednesday, Tehran announced that it would resume high-level enrichment of uranium if world powers do not keep their promises under the deal, as well as protect Iran’s oil and banking sectors from U.S. sanction.

European countries said they wanted to preserve Iran’s nuclear deal and rejected “ultimatums” from Tehran.

European Union Foreign Ministers are meeting Monday for their monthly gathering.

EU foreign affairs chief Federca Mogherini, who was informed of Pompeo’s arrival in Brussels during the night,  said the European Union fully supports the international nuclear accord with Iran and wants rival powers to avoid any further escalation over the issue.

“We will continue to support it as much as we can with all our instruments and all our political will,” she told reporters just before the start of the foreign ministers’ meeting.

 

 

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