Iran and six major world powers are slated to hold a fresh round of negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear energy program.
The talks scheduled for Thursday between Iran and the six powers – Russia, China, France, Britain, the US, and Germany – will center on outstanding issues related to Tehran’s nuclear program.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will jointly lead the negotiations.
Zarif, Ashton and US Secretary of State John Kerry ended their trilateral talks on Iran’s nuclear energy program in the Austrian capital, Vienna, late on Wednesday. The size and scope of Iran’s uranium enrichment capacity, a timetable for lifting sanctions against the Islamic Republic and the time of a final deal were reportedly among the main issues brought up in the trilateral discussions.
Zarif, who heads the Iranian negotiating team in nuclear talks with the six countries, arrived in Vienna on Tuesday.
Zarif has previously said that the Thursday talks will be attended by “political directors” from the P5+1 group as part of efforts to find “common ground.”
According to the top Iranian diplomat, talks with all members of the P5+1 group are scheduled upon a request by Iran.
Tehran and the P5+1 group wrapped up their latest round of nuclear discussions in New York late last month.
Iran and its negotiating partners are currently working to reach a final agreement aimed at ending the longstanding dispute over Tehran’s civilian nuclear work as a November 24 deadline approaches.
Last November, the two sides clinched an interim nuclear accord, which took effect on January 20 and expired six months later. However, they agreed to extend their talks until November 24, as they remained split on a number of key issues.
By Press TV
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