A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator has expressed optimism about the prospects of negotiations between Iran and six world powers over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.
“If the opposite sides show goodwill and abandon certain illogical demands, the negotiations will bear fruit,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said on Thursday prior to a quartet meeting involving Iran, Britain, France and Germany in the Austrian capital, Vienna.
The Iranian official further referred to the US-led bans on Iran, saying the Tehran’s negotiations and diplomatic exchanges with the six countries has “dismantled” the psychological propaganda machine against Iran and created “major cracks” in the sanctions regime against Tehran.
Representatives from Iran, Britain, France and Germany are scheduled to hold nuclear talks in the Austrian capital later on Thursday.
Araqhchi and Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi, who is Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Europe and Americas, will represent the country in the quartet meeting.
Recently, Araqchi held separate bilateral talks with French representative to the Sextet group of world powers Nicolas de Rivière in Paris, and the US representative in nuclear talks Wendy Sherman in the Swiss city of Geneva.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are expected to resume negotiations over a final deal on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York on September 18.
Last November, Iran and the six countries signed an interim deal in Geneva, which took effect on January 20 and expired six months later on July 20.
In July, the two sides 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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