Iran sets deadline on talks with Europe
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 23
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran has set a deadline for negotiations with Europe for few weeks, IRNA news agency reported May 23.
Iran has said to the EU that lapse of time is not in Iran’s interest, Zarif added.
Talking about the guarantees promised by the EU to save the nuclear deal, Zarif said that good talks have been held in this regard but it is too early to say if other sides to the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) could give Tehran the guarantees or not.
Iran also will study whether it has its own methods to make these guarantees more definitive, the top Iranian diplomat said.
These issues will be studied in coming days and weeks, Zarif added.
The Iranian diplomat paid visits to Moscow, China and Brussels in mid May and held talks with Chinese, Russian and European counterparts about the future of the JCPOA after the US withdrawal.
US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement, which was reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, Britain, France, Russia and China - plus Germany.
Trump also said he would reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose "the highest level" of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.