Iran, US discuss sticking points in N-talks: Araqchi

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi

The centerpiece of recent bilateral talks between Iran and the United States were the sticking points remaining in Tehran’s ongoing negotiations with the P5+1 group, says a senior Iranian nuclear negotiator.

“The main focus of bilateral talks with the United States in Geneva on Thursday was the existing differences [in Tehran-P5+1 negotiations],” said Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi on Thursday.

Iranian and American delegations also discussed how Tehran and the six world powers – the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – could bridge their differences and reach common ground in their efforts to ink a permanent nuclear deal, Araqchi added.

The Iranian diplomat further said Tehran is planning to hold a number of one-on-one meetings with other P5+1 members ahead of the UN General Assembly session in New York in late September.

Iran and the six countries need to hold “more detailed” talks in the form of bilateral meetings ahead of the next round of their nuclear negotiations, Araqchi stated.

Washington has hailed the Thursday bilateral nuclear talks with Iran. “It was, I would say, a constructive discussion,” US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters in Washington. “We’re not going to get into details,” she added.

Iran and its six negotiating partners are holding talks to reach a final agreement aimed at resolving the standoff over Tehran’s civilian nuclear work.

The two sides signed a historic interim deal in Geneva last November. The agreement went into force on January 20 and expired six months later on July 20.

In July, Tehran and the six states agreed to extend their discussions until November 24 in a bid to work out a final accord.

By Press TV


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