Iranian diplomat visits UK amid rising strain over jailed activist

Iran’s high nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, was in London to fulfill with British officers forward of a brand new spherical of talks on the revival of the Iran nuclear deal slated for Nov. 29 in Vienna.

The go to got here as a part of a renewed diplomatic push by the Islamic Republic geared toward a restored accord that might ideally see US sanctions lifted and reinject life into Iran’s choking economic system.

UK officers have voiced help for the revival of the deal, which the United States departed from in 2018. To that finish, London has urged Tehran to adjust to the restrictions the unique settlement positioned on the Iranian nuclear program. The identical has been raised by the opposite European signatories, France and Germany, which had been locations in Bagheri’s European tour earlier this week.

While little has been reported from the Iranian negotiator’s conferences in Berlin and Paris, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian tweeted about his envoy’s “successful talks” and expressed Iran’s readiness for a “good agreement” in Vienna. Despite these constructive alerts, the federal government underneath hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi has rejected a requirement from the Western sides to select up the brand new negotiations from the place all of the events left off again in June when the administration of reasonable former President Hassan Rouhani was representing the Islamic Republic.

Further complicating the calculations, the Iranian high negotiator informed the state media on Tuesday that “there is no negotiation on the nuclear issue because it was resolved in 2015. … Now, the agenda is the consequences of the US withdrawal from the deal.” Bagheri Kani was referencing the Iranian push for a verifiable elimination of US sanctions assured with nondeparture by future American administrations, a request the Joe Biden administration shouldn’t be prepared to simply accept.

It was not clear if, upon arrival on the premises of the UK Foreign Office, Bagheri Kani would set eyes on Richard Ratcliffe camped exterior, because the latter entered the 19th day of his starvation strike in protest towards the UK authorities’s failure to safe his spouse’s launch from Iran.

The British-Iranian charity employee, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliff, has been held in Tehran since 2016. Iran is accused of taking the activist hostage and exploiting her case as a strain instrument to elicit the compensation of an overdue 400 million kilos ($535 million) in money owed from the UK authorities. Iranian officers have been waging the debt battle however declare that it has little to do with Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s sentence over “acting against national security” — a verdict, they insist, that was issued by the “independent” judiciary. 

Despite the termination of her five-year jail ordeal in March, Zaghari-Ratcliffe was denied permission to fly again home and as a substitute was handed down a brand new one-year sentence, which the 42-year-old mom is enduring at her dad and mom’ home in Tehran with an digital ankle tag limiting and monitoring her day by day actions.