United Kingdom foreign secretary visits Iran for nuclear talks

Marco Green
November 20, 2018

"We must see those innocent British-Iranian dual nationals imprisoned in Iran returned to their families in Britain", Mr. Hunt said.

Eager to save a 2015 nuclear accord with Iran from which the United States has withdrawn, the European Union has focused its efforts in trying to keep trade flowing with Iran in the face of renewed USA sanctions, in order to keep Tehran from pulling out.

Hunt was to meet Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for talks on European efforts to maintain relief from nuclear-related sanctions.

In the meantime, the Guardian reported that Hunt had an agenda to make a personal appeal for the release of the Iranian-British dual-national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on humanitarian grounds.

"I have just heard too many heartbreaking stories from families who have been forced to endure a bad separation".

Last Friday, Trump lashed out at Prime Minister Theresa May over the UK's Iran ties after she phoned him to congratulate him on the Republican Party's showing in the midterm elections.

Mr Hunt pressed Mr Zarif on her case in September when they met in NY on the fringes of a United Nations General Assembly.

The European signatories of the deal-the UK, France, and Germany-have been actively trying to find ways to make sure Iran sticks to the agreement, doubling down on these efforts after Tehran threatened to revive its nuclear program after the United States' exit if the European Union signatories failed to find a way to continue buying Iranian crude oil after the US sanctions returned. Her daughter was later released.

It is also backing Shia Houthi rebels fighting the Saudi-backed Government in the bloody Yemen civil war. "It needs 100 percent compliance though to survive", Jeremy Hunt said in a statement before his departure for Tehran.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday that date of creation of the EU Special Purpose Vehicle on bypassing the U.S. sanctions on Iran was still unknown but the work was being carried out in a positive manner.

"But we also need to see an end to destabilizing activity by Iran in the rest of the region if we are going to tackle the root causes of the challenges the region faces".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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