Araqchi terms high-velocity centrifuge machines Iran’s bargaining chip in N. talks

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi underlined the country’s rapid progress in nuclear technology, including the building of high-velocity centrifuge machines, and said Tehran would use the achievement as a Bargaining Chip in the upcoming talks with the world powers.

Araqchi, who is also the deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, said on Sunday that production of high-velocity centrifuge machines by the Iranian nuclear scientists are the country’s latest achievement in this arena.

He stated that all achievements of the Islamic Republic will provide a strong backup for the Iranian team of negotiators during their talks with the six world powers. “This new achievement will produce positive effects in the negotiations as the Iranian team will continue the talks with more power by relying on these achievements.”

He further added that despite the wide differences still existing between the two sides, a final sum-up will be possible by November 24 provided that the other side of the talks shows good-will and focuses more on Iran’s ideas.

He stressed that there has been no kind of agreement yet because of divergences.

Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) are due to hold experts talks in Vienna on Wednesday and Thursday.

According to Araqchi, there will also be a trilateral meeting among Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, his US counterpart John Kerry and the EU foreign policy chief in the next two weeks.

Iran and the six major world powers ended their 8th round of nuclear negotiations in Vienna on Thursday.

The 7th round of the talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 was held in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting last month.

The two sides held six rounds of negotiations in Vienna to reach a comprehensive deal after they inked an interim agreement in Geneva on November 24.

The Geneva agreement 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 an agreement on a number of key issues.

By Fars News Agency


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