Iran, P5+1 resume nuclear talks in Vienna

A general view of the Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks session at the UN headquarters in Vienna, April 8, 2014

Iran and the P5+1 group have resumed their latest installment of nuclear talks in a series of negotiations aimed at fully resolving the decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

Deputy foreign ministers of Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the US, Britain, Russia, France and China – plus Germany started the second and final day of the new round of talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Wednesday.

Both sides are to exchange views on all outstanding issues in order to be able to start drafting a final accord in the next round of the talks, scheduled to be held in the Austrian capital in mid-May.

Tuesday’s talks were presided over by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, who heads the six countries in the nuclear discussions.

At the end of the first day of talks on Tuesday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who is also a top nuclear negotiator, told reporters that the discussions “were useful, constructive and made in good atmosphere.”

“We have entered talks with seriousness and goodwill while insisting on our positions and rights, and expect that the negotiations will be finalized in [the scheduled] six months. However, it cannot be predicted when this will happen,” Araqchi added.

Iran and the P5+1 reached an interim deal on November 24, 2013, in the Swiss city of Geneva. The deal took effect on January 20.

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. It was also agreed that no nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on Iran within the same timeframe.

By Press TV

 

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