Iran-P5+1 expert-level nuclear talks useful: EU official

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

A European Union official has termed as “useful” the latest round of expert-level talks between Iran and six major world powers on Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

“[The six powers] and Iranian technical experts had a useful meeting on 6-7 May in New York,” Reuters cited an EU spokesman as saying on Thursday.

Experts from Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US – plus Germany held expert-level talks on Tuesday and Wednesday in New York.

The negotiations were held ahead of a fresh round of high-level nuclear talks between Iran and the six powers, scheduled to begin in the Austrian capital of Vienna on May 13.

“The talks aimed at further deepening of the knowledge on the issues and to contribute to the preparations for the next round of [senior-level] negotiations on a comprehensive agreement due to take place next week in Vienna,” the EU spokesman added.

The expert-level talks were co-presided by Baeidinejad, who is director general for political and international security affairs at Iran’s Foreign Ministry, and Stephen Clement, an aide to the European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany wrapped up their latest round of high-level nuclear talks in Vienna on April 9.

Negotiations between Iran and the six countries are aimed at reaching a final agreement to fully resolve the decade-old dispute between the West and Tehran over the latter’s nuclear energy program.

The two sides sealed an interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, 2013 which came into force on January 20.

By Press TV


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