P5+1 FMs may join Iran N-talks: Report

Some foreign ministers of the P5+1 group are expected to travel to Vienna to join the ongoing talks on Iran’s nuclear energy program, a report says.

China’s official Xinhua news agency quoted diplomats as saying on Monday that some foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Russia, France, Britain and China – plus Germany are likely to meet in the Austrian capital on Friday.

The report also said that it is still unclear which countries would join the talks, but US Secretary of State John Kerry may join the meeting following his planned trip to China.

Iran and the six countries formally kicked off the sixth round of nuclear talks on July 3 to discuss a permanent accord on Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

On Monday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, held a meeting in Vienna on the sixth day of nuclear negotiations.

Tehran and the six world powers have been discussing ways to sort out differences and achieve a final deal that would end the decade-old dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program.

The two sides inked an interim accord in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 23, 2013. Under the deal, the six countries agreed to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period.

The deal came into force in January and expires on July 20, but can be extended depending on the agreement of all parties involved.

By Press TV


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