Iran, West to discuss remaining issues later: Araqchi

Iran Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal And International Affairs Abbas Araqchi

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi says if a deal is not reached in the talks over Tehran’s nuclear energy program in Geneva on Saturday, the talks will be moved to a later date.

“The talks will end tonight and if issues remain, they will be postponed to the next round of talks” the date of which is uncertain at present, Araqchi said in an interview on Saturday before the start of the third day of negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

Araqchi, who is also a member of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team, pointed to the remaining differences between the two sides, saying, “There is greater agreement on some issues and less agreement on others.”

With the two previous days of intense negotiations being hailed as constructive, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks with EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherin Ashton and US Secretary of State John Kerry for the second time on Saturday.

The two-day talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US- plus Germany started in Geneva on Thursday.

Negotiations, however, stretched into an unscheduled third day as negotiators pressed for a deal on Iran’s civilian nuclear work.

Kerry, Hague, Westerwelle and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius joined the nuclear talks in Geneva on Friday.

By Press TV


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