Iran not to cross death penalty redline in EU talks
Tehran, Iran, Nov. 11
By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend:
The Islamic Republic of Iran will not cross its redlines, especially regarding capital punishment and Qisas (retribution) in human rights talks with the European Union, Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi said.
Iran will not accept the trend where the EU is both negotiating and exerting pressure, he told ILNA news agency November 11.
The EU is demanding Iran to reconsider its regulations on capital punishment.
Tehran says it cannot do away with capital punishments based on Islamic rules.
Iran and the EU sat for human rights talks in Brussels on November 8, the first round of their talks on any subject since the nuclear deal that was reach in 2015.
Recently, the EU passed a resolution on normalizing ties with Iran.
Iran and the EU have agreed to sit for talks every six months to discuss bilateral cooperation.
Takht-Ravanchi said Iran and the EU are to hold a high-level meeting in two or three weeks, where they will discuss politics, economy, environment, regional issues and human rights.