Iran, P5+1 may develop political framework for nuclear deal in March

Hamid Baeidinejad (pic) heads Iran’s expert-level nuclear negotiating team.

All efforts will be made to develop the political framework of the nuclear agreement in March, the head of Iranian expert team at talks on Tehran’s nuclear program said.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Tehran and P5+1 mediators will make all possible efforts to establish a general political framework for Iran’s nuclear deal in March, the head of Iran’s expert team at talks on Iran’s nuclear program said Wednesday.

Iran and the P5+1 group of international mediators, comprising Russia, China, the United States, Britain, France and Germany, are in talks to clinch a comprehensive agreement to end more than a decade of impasse over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program.

“All efforts will be made to develop the political framework of the agreement in March,” Iranian Foreign Ministry’s Director General for Political and International Security Affairs Hamid Baeidinejad told reporters in Moscow after meetings with Russian officials to coordinate Iran-Russia cooperation in talks.

Baedinejad added that the date for the next round of Iran nuclear talks had not been determined yet.

The UN Security Council, the United States and the European Union, as well as several other countries, have imposed sanctions against Iran in response to alleged attempts by the country to procure nuclear weapons. Authorities in Tehran have repeatedly denied these claims, stressing the peaceful nature of the country’s nuclear activities.

Despite agreeing in November 2013 to prepare a document ensuring the peaceful nature of Tehran’s nuclear energy program, Iran and P5+1 only reached an interim deal in Geneva. The following year, the six nations again failed to work out a comprehensive deal in Vienna and extended negotiations until July 2015.Even then, according to remarks by an Iranian parliamentary nuclear committee member last week, the Geneva accord would be regarded as “null and void” in the event that Western sanctions against Iran are not lifted.

By Sputnik News

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