Wangles – (Northern Germany): Raghida Behnam – Tehran: Asharq Al-Awsat
The positions of the European Union and the United States differed, yesterday, regarding the resumption of talks on the Iranian nuclear file, as the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, announced that he believed that the progress achieved during the consultations between European Enrique Mora and Iranian officials in Tehran recently was sufficient to restore the Iranian nuclear issue. The launch of the nuclear negotiations two months after it reached a dead end.
On the other hand, the United States considered that a settlement with Iran remains “far away” despite the optimism expressed by the European Union. A State Department spokesman expressed his appreciation for Mora’s visit, but added, “However, the agreement at this point remains uncertain.” “Iran must decide whether it adheres to conditions that have nothing to do with the nuclear file or wants to reach an agreement quickly,” the spokesman said, referring to Tehran’s request to remove the Revolutionary Guards from the list of terrorist organizations placed on it by Washington.
However, Borrell said, on the sidelines of the G7 foreign ministers’ meetings in the German town of Wangles, “I appreciate these talks in Iran very positively, after negotiations were suspended two months ago due to these differences over what to do with the Revolutionary Guards.”
Meanwhile, protests against the high cost of living expanded in Iran, as several regions and cities witnessed demonstrations resulting from a sharp rise in food prices. The Iranian news agency “IRNA” reported that one of the demonstrations in the southwest of the country necessitated the intervention of the police after the participants set fire to a mosque and tried to attack a supermarket. The demonstrators are protesting the government’s decision to raise the prices of many basic foodstuffs, in line with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s announcement on Monday night of a series of measures to confront the country’s economic difficulties.