3 November 2022

Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian spoke with EU High Representative Josep Borrell, conveying what he described as “Iran’s absolute readiness to conclude [nuclear] negotiations as soon as possible”, and adding: “The U.S. must stop double-dealing. Genuine will is needed. We remain fully committed to secure rights of our people”. He also repeated Iranian denials of military support for Russia in Ukraine as “fabricated and unsubstantiated”, while dismissing Western criticism of the government’s crackdown against protesters as “hypocritical”. Borrell said he had “stressed that Europe stands united in condemning Iran’s crack down on ongoing protest… [and] reiterated urgent need for Iran’s credible cooperation with the IAEA towards tangible outcomes” on safeguard issues.

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