Iran-US talks over nuclear issue useful: Araqchi

A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator says he has held “useful” talks with US officials about Iran’s nuclear energy program which will hopefully help resolve the ongoing standoff over the nuclear issue.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Friday that the negotiations with US officials would continue on Saturday for the third day in a row.

He added that there is still a gap between the two sides on ways to settle issues.

“We will hopefully make progress by September 18 when the next round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 will be held,” Araqchi said.

On September 1, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, who represents the six countries, met in Brussels, Belgium, and discussed the process of the ongoing nuclear talks.

Following the negotiations with Ashton, the Iranian foreign minister said he is optimistic that the issues related to the Iranian nuclear energy program “can be resolved in time” within the November 24 deadline.

Last November, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China – plus Germany signed an interim deal in Geneva, which took effect on January 20 and expired six months later on July 20.

In July, Tehran and the six countries agreed to extend negotiations until November 24 after they failed to reach common ground on a number of key issues.

By Press TV

 

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