European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell can "choreograph" the actions that are needed to be taken by Washington and Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says in an TV interview.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attends a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu (not seen) in Istanbul, Turkey, on January 29, 2021.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attends a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu (not seen) in Istanbul, Turkey, on January 29, 2021. (Reuters)

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has sketched out a path to overcome the US-Iranian impasse over who goes first in returning to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying the EU foreign policy chief could "choreograph" the moves.

"There can be a mechanism to basically either synchronise it or coordinate what can be done," Zarif told CNN on Monday when asked in an interview how to bridge the gap between Washington and Tehran. 

Each government wants the other to resume compliance first.

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"EU can choreograph"

Zarif noted the agreement created a Joint Commission coordinated by the European Union foreign policy chief, now Josep Borrell. 

Borrell "can ... sort of choreograph the actions that are needed to be taken by the United States and the actions that are needed to be taken by Iran," Zarif told CNN.

The commission includes Iran and the six other parties to the deal: Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.

Under the accord, Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program to make it harder for it to develop nuclear weapons in return for relief from US and other economic sanctions.

Former US president Donald Trump abandoned the deal in 2018 and reimposed US sanctions. 

US President Joe Biden has said that if Iran returns to strict compliance, Washington will too. 

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies