Iran, US 3rd round of N-talks wraps up

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for International and Legal Affairs Abbas Araqchi

GENEVA, Dec. 17 (MNA) – At the end of the 3rd round of bilateral talks with the American delegation in Geneva, Iran’s Deputy FM and senior negotiator Seyed Abbas Araghchi described the talks as ‘detailed and extensive’.

“These bilateral talks with the American team have served as an introduction to our negotiations with the whole 5+1 states today,” said Araghchi to IRIB. “Following these meetings, we will hold bilateral talks with France on Wednesday, as well as the other remaining teams from the Sextet,” he said.

Responding to a question on the overall atmosphere of the talks, he said, “the talks are proceeding in a good and respectful atmosphere, but it is still too soon to make a judgment about what the final outcome would be.”

These rounds of talks between Iran and 5+1 (namely United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom and France, plus Germany) are taking place today Dec. 17 at the level of deputy FMs in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Geneva talks are the first round of talks after the seven-month extension and most probably the last of them in 2014. The aim of these negotiations is to pave the way for the final settlement of Iran’s nuclear issue and a comprehensive deal.

Iran and the G5+1 reached an initial agreement on Nov. 24, 2013 officially titled the Joint Plan of Action, which was a pact signed between Iran and the six states in Geneva. It consisted of a short-term freeze of portions of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for decreased economic sanctions on Iran, as the countries work towards a long-term agreement.

Still, the two sides have not been able to arrive at a final agreement. For this reason, the sides agreed to a seven-month extension when they failed to reach a deal on Nov. 24, 2014. The two sides are trying to work out their differences on issues such as Iran’s uranium enrichment, the number of centrifuges and the lifting of sanctions against Iran.

By Mehr News Agency

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