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Iran, EU agree to resume stalled high-level talks

Source: Press TV

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (L) and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pose for a photo in Tehran on July 28, 2015. (photo by Hossein Esmaeili, Mehr News Agency)

Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic and the European Union have agreed to revive stalled talks.

Speaking at a press conference with visiting EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday, Zarif said Iran-EU "high-level" talks are to resume in the "near future."

Zarif said the talks will focus on "energy, transportation, trade, environment, human rights and the scourge of narcotics."

Mogherini arrived in Tehran for talks on implementing a recent nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers.

Mogherini, who is accompanied by EU political director Helga Schmid, arrived in Tehran on Tuesday, from Saudi Arabia.

Mogherini was a lead negotiator for the P5+1 group of countries in the long-running talks over Tehran's nuclear program that culminated in the July 14 agreement.

According to Mogherini's office, her visit "will provide an opportunity for exchanges on the implementation of the agreement."

On July 14, Iran and the six world powers - the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany -- finalized the text of an agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

Under the JCPOA, limits are put on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for a set of commitments by the P5+1, including the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic.

On July 20, the UN Security Council unanimously endorsed a draft resolution upholding the JCPOA. All 15 members of the body voted for the UN resolution in New York, setting the stage for the lifting of the Security Council sanctions against Iran.

In a statement released on Friday, over 70 European political, diplomatic and military figures said the July 14 agreement provides a framework for an end to the Western dispute with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

The EU statement urged all parties to implement the agreement and called on the international community to throw its weight behind it.

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