UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gives a press conference with the Swedish Prime Minister at the Prime Minister's residency in Stockholm on June 1, 2022. (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP)
UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Saturday discussed peace in Yemen and the Iran nuclear deal in a phone call.
In 2015, Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council: China, France, Russia, Britain and the United States, plus Germany) and the EU
The secretary-general received a phone call from Amir Abdollahian, said Guterres' press office on Sunday in a readout.
"The secretary-general expressed his satisfaction at the extension of the truce in Yemen as well as his appreciation of Iran's efforts in this regard. The secretary-general also reiterated his position that diplomacy must prevail in order to return to the full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)," said the press office, using the official name of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
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In 2015, Iran signed the JCPOA with the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council: China, France, Russia, Britain and the United States, plus Germany) and the EU.
However, former US president Donald Trump unilaterally pulled Washington out of the pact in May 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Iran. This prompted Iran to drop some of its nuclear commitments and advance its previously halted nuclear program.
Since April 2021, Iran and the remaining JCPOA parties have held several rounds of talks in Vienna to revive the deal.