Iran-5+1 expert talks to resume Thursday

Tehran, Dec 19, IRNA – Expert talks between Iran and the group of 5+1 is to resume on Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland. 

The expert talks will focus on the ways of implementing the newly-reached nuclear deal between Iran and the 5+1 which consists of the US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany.

The Iranian negotiating team will be chaired by Foreign Ministry Director General for International and Political Affairs Hamid Baeeidinejad.

Stefan Clement who is an aide to the European Union Foreign Policy Chief Cathering Ashton will head the 5+1 negotiations team.

The expert talks is to start at 15:00 hours local time in the Swiss city.

The Iranian negotiating team includes transportation, banking, oil and nuclear experts.

A senior member of the Iranian team told IRNA Wednesday that the expert talks, originally set for two days, may continue into Saturday or Sunday.

Abbas Araqchi said he held talks with Ashton on December 17 in Brussels, Belgium.

In Brussels, Araqchi criticized the US policy on Iranˈs nuclear program.

However, he said, Ashton assured the Iranian side that the six powers are serious to proceed with the Geneva agreement.

The two sides then agreed to resume technical talks which were interrupted by Iran in protest against violation of the deal by the US, he added.

About the today Geneva talks, Araqchi said the session is to form a protocol and set the date for implementation of the first phase of the agreement.

Araqchi stressed that Iran will halt the implementation process of the agreement the moment it feels the other sides are not faithful to their commitments.



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