Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a joint news conference with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a joint news conference with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. REUTERS
TEHRAN: Iran's foreign minister says "high-level" talks will soon be launched with the European Union following a nuclear agreement reached with world powers earlier this month. Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that the talks "in the near future" will focus on energy, environmental and human rights issues, as well as "extremism, terrorism and sectarianism" in the Middle East. Zarif spoke after meeting with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Tehran. He called on the United States to implement the nuclear deal in order to "remove the mistrust of the Iranian people," and said Tehran would follow through on its commitments. The landmark agreement calls for Iran to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for relief from international sanctions.