TEHRAN (ISNA)- The five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany and Iran are on pace to start drafting the text of a comprehensive Iran nuclear accord in May, with the aim of a reaching a final agreement by the July 20th expiration of the six month interim deal, a senior US official said ahead of the third round of final deal talks in Vienna next week.
“We have set out a work plan on how to proceed to get a comprehensive agreement…and we are on pace with that work plan and look to begin drafting in May,” the senior US administration official, speaking not for attribution, told journalists in a conference call briefing.
“All of the parties are committed to finishing within the six-month (duration of the) Joint Plan of Action,” the official said. “I am absolutely convinced that we can.”
Iran and the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany reached an interim deal on November 24, 2013, in Geneva.
Under the Geneva deal, the six countries agreed 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. It was also agreed that no nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on Iran within the same time frame.
Iran and its negotiating partners wrapped up their latest round of high-level nuclear talks in Vienna on March 19. The two sides are set to resume their negotiations on April 7-9.
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