Top officials from Iran and the P5+1 group hold a fresh round of nuclear talks in the Omani capital, Muscat, following two days of discussions between Iran, the US and the EU.
The meeting, which is the ninth round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers, started in Muscat on Tuesday and was led by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU’s Catherine Ashton.
The talks came a day after lengthy discussions between Zarif, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Ashton wrapped up in Muscat.
Earlier in the day, Iranian deputy foreign ministers Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e Ravanchi held two separate meetings with their British, German and French as well as Chinese and Russian counterparts.
The negotiating teams are concentrating their efforts on reaching a long-term deal over Iran’s nuclear energy program ahead of the November 24 deadline.
Speaking to Press TV on Monday, Araqchi said no progress has yet been achieved in the trilateral talks between Zarif, Kerry and Ashton.
The senior Iranian negotiator, however, added that the negotiations were useful.
The extent of Iran’s uranium enrichment as well as a timetable for the removal of US and EU sanctions were high on the agenda of the Oman negotiations.
Last November, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – France, Britain, the US, Russia and China – plus Germany 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 divided on a number of key issues.
By Press TV
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