‘Progress made in Iran-Sextet talks’

The US government says progress has been made in the latest round of expert-level nuclear talks between Tehran and six world powers in Geneva, adding both sides are expected to reach an agreement soon on the implementation of the Iran-Sextet deal.

On Monday, experts from Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US – plus Germany launched a new round of talks meant to devise a mechanism to put into force a landmark interim deal reached between the two sides in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24.

Under the Geneva deal, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. It was also agreed that no more nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on Iran within the same timeframe.

“We’ve made progress in our discussions, and the teams have taken a few outstanding points back to capitals,” US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Tuesday.

“The two sides expect to finalize the implementation plan soon,” she added.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Tuesday that the talks continued through Tuesday morning “with relatively good progress,” adding that certain issues remain to be resolved at the “political level.”

The Iranian diplomat said that, following the conclusion of the expert-level talks, the Iranian experts would submit their reports to “political deputies and directors, since certain issues still remain that should be resolved at the political level.”

By Press TV


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