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Global Europe 12-04-2022

Is it better to breach EU law than run the risk of incurring US ire?

The Bank Melli Iran v Telekom Deutschland case is significant, because it highlights the intrusive impact of US extraterritorial sanctions and spotlights the weaknesses in the EU response, writes Dick Roche.
Global Europe 15-03-2022

Kremlin says West’s sanctions affect Iranian nuclear deal

The Kremlin on Tuesday (15 March) cautioned the West that Russia's interests as part of the Iranian nuclear deal would have to be ensured after the United States and its allies slapped sanctions on Moscow for the invasion of Ukraine.
Global Europe 07-03-2022

Iranian nuclear talks clouded by Russian demands

Talks to revive Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers were mired in uncertainty on Sunday following Russia's demands for a US guarantee that the sanctions it faces over the Ukraine conflict will not hurt its trade with Tehran.
Global Europe 22-02-2022

Iran appears ready to swap prisoners with US as talks approach ‘finish line’

Talks on restoring a deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme and ease sanctions are near conclusion, a Russian envoy said, and sources close to the negotiations said a prisoner swap between Iran and the United States is expected soon.
Global Europe 09-02-2022

Iran nuclear deal ‘in sight’ as talks resume

Talks to revive a deal with Iran on its contested nuclear programme resumed on Tuesday (8 February) in Vienna after officials signalled an agreement was "in sight".
Global Europe 01-02-2022

US urges direct nuclear talks with Iran, says time running out

A senior US official said Monday (31 January) that time was running out for nuclear negotiations with Iran and urged Tehran to agree to direct talks to help forge a deal.
Global Europe 15-12-2021

European powers say they are nearing end of road to save Iran deal

Three key European powers said on Tuesday (14 December) "we are rapidly reaching the end of the road" to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, as Tehran accused Western powers of engaging in a "blame game."
Global Europe 14-12-2021

Nuclear deal with Iran will soon be ’empty shell’, European diplomats say

Major powers and Iran have yet to get down to business at talks on rescuing the 2015 nuclear deal, which will very soon become "an empty shell" without progress, senior British, French and German diplomats said on Monday (13 December).
Global Europe 09-12-2021

US to decide quickly if Iran serious about nuclear talks

The United States will swiftly determine whether Tehran is acting in "good faith" in talks about reviving the Iran nuclear accord, a State Department spokesman said Wednesday (8 December), one day before negotiations were due to resume.
Global Europe 03-12-2021

US ‘not optimistic’ on chances for Iran nuclear deal

The United States appeared Thursday (2 December) to play down the possibility of reviving a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, even as Tehran tabled draft proposals following the resumption of talks in Vienna.
Global Europe 29-11-2021

Nuclear talks resume as West asks whether Iran is serious or stalling

World powers and Iran will gather in Vienna on Monday (29 November) to try to salvage their 2015 nuclear deal, but with Tehran sticking to its tough stance and Western powers increasingly frustrated, hopes of a breakthrough appear slim.
Global Europe 04-11-2021

Iran nuclear talks to resume November 29 after five months

Iran agreed Wednesday (3 November) to resume talks on 29 November with world powers on reviving a nuclear deal after a five-month gap, with the United States urging a quick resolution.
Global Europe 28-10-2021

Iran agrees to restart nuclear talks as pressure grows

Iran said Wednesday (27 October) it will resume talks with world powers in November on reviving a nuclear deal after a five-month gap in the face of mounting warnings that international patience was wearing thin.
Global Europe 14-10-2021

US, EU, Israel take tough stance on Iran, mull options

US, Israeli and EU officials took a tough line toward Iran on Wednesday, with US officials saying they would consider all options if Tehran failed to revive the 2015 nuclear deal and Israel saying it reserved the right to act.
Global Europe 21-09-2021

France eyes momentum at UN on Iran nuclear deal talks

France's top diplomat said Monday (20 September) that he hoped a meeting of foreign ministers in New York this week would build positive momentum towards kick-starting stalled talks over the Iran nuclear deal.
Global Europe 13-09-2021

New deal with Iran ‘gives time to diplomacy’: IAEA

The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog hailed a deal struck with Iran on Sunday (12 September) over access to surveillance equipment at Iranian nuclear facilities, saying it allowed space for diplomatic talks.
Global Europe 09-09-2021

Chizhov: Russia is well-placed to play a constructive role in Afghanistan

In a wide-ranging interview, the Russian ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov discussed Afghanistan, the ‘Crimea Platform’, carbon border tax, COVID and vaccines, and the new political season.
Global Europe 08-09-2021

US to discuss way forward on Iran in Moscow, Paris talks

US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley will visit Moscow and Paris this week for talks with Russian and European officials on Iran's nuclear program, the State Department said in a statement on Tuesday (7 September).
Global Europe 03-12-2020

Iran watchdog passes law on hardening nuclear stance, halting UN inspections

Iran’s Guardian Council watchdog body approved a law that obliges the government to halt UN inspections of its nuclear sites and step up uranium enrichment beyond the limit set under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal if sanctions are not eased.
Global Europe 01-04-2020

EU’s INSTEX mechanism facilitates first transaction with pandemic-hit Iran

The EU says that its Iran-trading mechanism INSTEX, designed to allow Europeans to bypass US sanctions and continue trade with Tehran, has successfully concluded its first transaction. However, the humanitarian deal actually doesn't appear to contravene EU sanctions.
Global Europe 24-02-2020

Iran’s leader says enemies tried to use coronavirus to impact vote

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday (23 February) Iran's enemies tried to put people off voting in Friday's parliamentary election by exaggerating the threat of the new coronavirus but that participation had been good.

Top EU diplomat to visit Tehran amid nuclear tensions

Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell was Monday (3 February) due to visit Iran, said officials in Tehran and Brussels, on his first trip there since taking office, aiming to reduce rising tensions over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.
Global Europe 24-01-2020

Borrell buys time for dispute mechanism talks on Iran

The remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal will meet next month to debate the way forward with the accord, EU's diplomatic chief Josep Borrell announced on Friday (24 January), after Britain, France and Germany launched a dispute process against Tehran.
Global Europe 14-01-2020

INSTEX fails to support EU-Iran trade as nuclear accord falters

Three European powers, France, Britain and Germany, informed the EU on Tuesday (14 January) that they are triggering a dispute mechanism in the Iran nuclear deal following renewed violations of the deal by Tehran. “We have been left with no...