VIENNA (Tasnim) – On the third day of talks on Iran’s civil nuclear program in Vienna, Austria, Iranian negotiators are holding separate bilateral meetings with Western and Russian diplomats today.
Later today, Seyed Abbas Araqchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister and senior nuclear negotiator will meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who represents Moscow in the talks.
Representatives from Iran and the Group 5+1 (five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – China, Russia, Britain, France, and the United States – plus Germany) are engaged in negotiations in Vienna to hammer out a long-term deal over Tehran’s nuclear program.
On Wednesday, Iran and the sextet of world powers opened the second day of talks as part of their last round of negotiations to reach a nuclear agreement before the November 24 deadline.
Meanwhile, Britain’s foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, has been quoted as saying that a nuclear deal with Iran is unlikely to be completed on schedule by next Monday but there may be enough progress to warrant extending the deadline.
“I’m not optimistic that we can get everything done by Monday,” Hammond told reporters during a visit to the Latvian capital, Riga.
“But I think if we make some significant movement we may be able to find a way of extending the deadline to allow us to get to the final deal if we’re making good progress in the right direction.”
Iran and the G5+1 (alternatively known as P5+1 or E3+3) clinched a landmark interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, 2013.
Under the Geneva deal, dubbed the Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for the Islamic Republic agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period.
The Geneva Agreement expired in July, when the parties decided to extend negotiations until November 24 in the hope of clinching a final accord.
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