MEPs welcomed the deal as opening up the possibility of strengthening
EU-Iran trade, economic, cultural and environmental ties. However, the
human rights situation in Iran, the death penalty, public executions
and the prosecution of bloggers and journalists are unacceptable and
will serve as a litmus test for future relations, MEPs said.
Mr Zarif acknowledged the need to improve Iran’s human rights record
and promised to pursue dialogue on this issue with EU "in a spirit of mutual
respect and without preaching".