Iran to continue confidence-building coop.: Deputy FM

An Iranian deputy foreign minister says the Islamic Republic is ready to continue confidence-building cooperation with the six major world powers.

“Tehran, as it has announced before, is ready to continue its confidence-building cooperation (with the six world powers) regarding its nuclear energy program within the framework of the Geneva agreement,” Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi said in a meeting with Austrian Deputy Foreign Minister Reinhold Lopatka on Thursday, IRNA reported.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain — plus Germany in the Austrian capital Vienna. The talks started on February 18 and wrapped up on Thursday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that during the talks, both sides came up with a framework for comprehensive talks to reach a final agreement.

The talks in Vienna were follow-up to earlier negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva, which resulted in a landmark interim deal between Iran and the six powers in November 2013. The deal took effect on January 20.

Takht-e-Ravanchi also reiterated that Iran’s nuclear energy program is the only subject on the agenda of the talks.

The Austrian deputy foreign minister, for his part, stressed Iran’s goodwill in the talks and expressed hope that other sides of the talks would also act similarly.

The two sides also discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and other issues of mutual interest.

Under the Geneva deal, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period.

The two sides also agreed that no more nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on Iran within the same timeframe.

By Press TV


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