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The EU is tightening the screws on Iran. No nuclear discussion in sight

(BRUSSELS2) More than 100 new names (companies, foundations and other entities) will appear on the list of Iranian organizations whose assets will be frozen. The decision will be taken by the 27 foreign ministers on Monday (May 23), at point A (without discussion - because an agreement has already been reached between ambassadors) and published immediately in the Official Journal of the EU. This aims to make “pressure on Iran to agree to negotiate on its nuclear program summarizes David Lidington, the British Minister for European Affairs.

No meeting immediately. The 27 should be informed of the latest developments in the file, by Cathy Ashton after the last letter from the Iranian chief negotiator, Dr Jalili, on May 10. For the High Representative of the EU, this response is not sufficient and does not seem to justify the organization of a new meeting of the E3+3 (United Kingdom, France, Germany + USA, Russia, China) with the 'Iran. “ It took three months to get a letter. And I would have liked to have had a stronger and more engaging letter (from Iran) recognizing that the offer put on the table by the E3+3 group had to be considered with extreme attention. “There will surely be “new rounds of discussion. But according to the letter received, I do not see it started at the moment ».

A name removed. The EU should also – according to our information – remove from the list of people targeted by travel restrictions Ali Akbar Salehi, current Minister of Foreign Affairs, and former head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency (until 2011 ) and Iranian representative to the IAEA (from 1997 to 2005). It was he who negotiated the agreement between Iran and the international community.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).