Austria optimistic on Iran nuclear talks

Berlin, Dec 13, IRNA – Austria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz has expressed optimism over the successful outcome of nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers.
  For the past year, there have been achievements in the negotiations, said Kurz whose country has been hosting the talks between Iran and the G5+1 (Britain, China, France, UK and US plus Germany) for the last months, told the speical issue of the diplomatic magazine Society.

The negotiating parties brought their views closer and the chance of a settlement was higher, he added, however, the November 24 round of talks in Vienna did not lead to a tangible result.
Kurz expressed the hope that year 2015 will mark a fresh start for the talks and that they will end on a successful note by the June 30 deadline.

There is no alternative to dialog, he stressed, and new talks endeavor not to mix up the nuclear issue with other issues between Iran and the global community.

The Austrian top diplomat said that Vienna enjoys a symbolic importance as the venue of nuclear talks because it is also hosting the headquarters of the UN watchdog — International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

On normalization of ties with Iran, he cautioned that an overemphasis on the nuclear issue should not distract the attention from Iran’s regional significance.

The next round of negotiations between deputy foreign ministers of Iran and the G5+1 is scheduled to be held in Geneva on December 17.

The Iranian delegation is also to hold bilateral talks on all nuclear-related issues with its G5+1 counterparts including the US delegation.

During the last round of negotiations held in Vienna on November 17-24 at the ministerial level, it was decided to extend the talks for seven months for reaching a general political agreement in four months and outlining the details of the agreement in the remaining three months.



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