UPDATE 1-Top EU diplomat visits Tehran to revive nuclear deal


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June 24 (Reuters) – European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell will visit Iran on Friday to try to urge Tehran to strike a deal to revive the nuclear deal with world powers signed in 2015 , which the United States withdrew but is now seeking to register.

Called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and hit by Iran and six major powers, Tehran curtailed its nuclear program to make it harder for it to get a bomb in return for economic sanctions relief .

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“Josep Borrell will visit Iran on June 24-25, as part of ongoing efforts to bring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) back to full implementation,” the EU said in a statement.

Borrell will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian.

Tehran, for its part, said it was focusing on sanctions relief, without directly mentioning the nuclear deal.

“Bilateral relations, regional and international issues, as well as the latest status of the lifting of sanctions will be discussed during the visit, which is part of ongoing consultations between Iran and the European Union,” the door said. – ministry spokesperson, Saeed Khatibzadeh.

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The revived deal seemed close in March, but the talks were derailed in part by a dispute over whether the United States should remove Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO ).

(Editing by Mark Heinrich, William Maclean)


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