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The EU calls on Iran to talk about its nuclear program on Thursday

Ⓒ AFP – ATTA KENARE – | Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the Tehran Security Conference on January 8, 2018, in Tehran.

The European Union (EU) summoned Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif for talks in Brussels on Thursday with his French, German and British counterparts in an attempt to preserve Iran’s nuclear deal.

According to a statement published early Tuesday, the head of European diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, “will convene a meeting with the foreign ministers of the E3 group – the Frenchman Jean-Yves Le Drian, the German Sigmar Gabriel, and the British Boris Johnson– and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Thursday, January 11 in Brussels. ”

Tehran had already announced a Zarif trip to Europe this week.

“The meeting will take place in the context of the work in progress to ensure the full and continued implementation of the Global Plan of Common Action,” the statement said, using the official name of the agreement.

This announcement comes after Iran warned the international community on Monday about a possible departure from Washington of the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program.

The EU, which played an important role in negotiating such an agreement, reached in 2015, has been pressuring US lawmakers not to withdraw.

The agreement involved the withdrawal of part of the international sanctions imposed on Iran, in exchange for guaranteeing the exclusively civilian nature of its nuclear program.

The US president, Donald Trump, regularly criticizes this agreement, concluded during the presidency of Barack Obama and considers “one of the worst” ever achieved by the United States.

Trump, who had agreed to renew the suspension of US sanctions against the Iranian nuclear program, has until Friday to decide whether to continue in this way or not.

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