Delegations from Iran and the United States have held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of ongoing nuclear talks between Tehran and six major world powers.
“The US and Iran delegations met bilaterally for three hours this morning. Had a serious and straightforward discussion,” IRNA quoted Deputy Spokeswoman for the US State Department Marie Harf as writing on her Twitter page on Friday.
The delegations were reportedly headed by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi and US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia – plus Germany started the third day of a fresh round of nuclear talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Friday.
The new talks, which constitute the fourth round of negotiations between the two sides, began in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on May 14.
Iran and the six countries have been discussing ways to iron out differences to start drafting a final deal that would end the standoff over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.
Earlier in the day, Araqchi said the atmosphere of the talks is “good and discussions are moving forward with goodwill but very hard and slowly.”
In November 2013, Iran and the six countries signed an interim nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Geneva. The agreement came into force in January. Under the deal, the six countries agreed to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for the Islamic Republic agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear energy program during a six-month period.
By Press TV
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