US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Iranian Foreign

Iran, US, EU hold new round of talks in Geneva

US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Iranian Foreign

US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Iranian Foreign

A new round of negotiations has begun between Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva.

The trio resumed their talks after a two-hour break on Saturday over Iran’s nuclear energy program as negotiations between Tehran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Britain, France, China, Russia and the US – plus Germany continue in the Swiss city of Geneva.

Zarif said after the meeting that if a deal is not reached in the talks over Tehran’s nuclear energy program, negotiations could continue in a week to ten days.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi and Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi accompany Zarif at the meeting.

Zarif, Kerry and Ashton held their first meeting on Friday after the US secretary of state arrived in Geneva to join the nuclear talks.

Kerry, British Foreign Secretary William Hague as well as German, French and Russian foreign ministers – Guido Westerwelle, Laurent Fabius and Lavrov respectively – also traveled to Geneva to join the negotiations on Friday.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Geneva on Saturday in order to hold consultations with his colleagues over the nuclear talks, the Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS reported.

The originally two-day talks between Iran and the six world powers began in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday. Negotiations, however, stretched into an unscheduled third day as negotiators pressed for a deal on Iran’s civilian nuclear work.

Iran President Hassan Rouhani later on Saturday urged the group of six world powers not to miss “exceptional opportunity” in negotiations with the Islamic Republic.

By Press TV


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