During a visit to Tehran, EU High Representative Josep Borrell announced that “we managed to deblock the situation. And in the coming days… we will restart the [nuclear] discussion… And the U.S. and Iran will talk, not directly but with a facilitation by me and my team as Coordinator”. He further noted that “on the economic and nuclear side, I think the agreement is there. But at the end, it is also political consideration from both sides”. Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian stressed that “what is important to Iran is the economic benefit from the agreement”, while the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, separately asserted that “Iran’s retaliatory actions in the nuclear sector are merely legal and rational responses to U.S. unilateralism and European inaction and will continue as long as the West’s illegal practices are not changed”.
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