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Iran, powers reach common understanding on majority of technical issues

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi announced on Friday that Tehran and the world powers have developed a common understanding over a major part of the technical issues in their nuclear talks in Lausanne.

“We have reached a common understanding on a considerable section of the issues,” Salehi told reporters after his meeting with US Secretary of Energy in the Swiss city of Lausanne, where a new round of nuclear talks between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) is underway.

Yet, he underlined that no agreement has been struck yet.

Salehi underlined that there are one or two technical issues that are still under discussion by Iran and the six world powers.

Salehi did not elaborate on the technical differences, and said, “We are trying to reach a common understanding; there are difficult issues which should be resolved.”

But, Iran’s deputy lead negotiators Seyed Abbas Araqchi said a few hours later that nuclear research and development as well as removal of sanctions are still the main bones of contention.

On Thursday, Salehi announced that Iran and the G5+1 have reached a common understanding on the technical issues related to Iran’s nuclear program.

“We have reached a common understanding in the technical issues and this can help reaching the main agreement in the future,” he said.

He said it is difficult to foresee the results of the talks, but expressed the hope that the meetings today would clear the path for a discussion of the remaining bones of contention.

“I have always been optimistic and I am now too,” Salehi said.

The Iranian nuclear negotiators arrived in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday for the next round of nuclear talks with the world powers.

Deputies of the Iranian Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht Ravanchi held talks with their US counterpart Wendy Sherman on Thursday morning.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also had a meeting with his US counterpart John Kerry in the presence of their deputies, Salehi, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and her deputy Helga Schmidt in Lausanne on Thursday.

The last round of talks between the Iranian and US nuclear negotiators ended in Lausanne last Friday afternoon in the presence of Zarif, Kerry, their deputies, Salehi, Moniz, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and her deputy Helga Schmidt. The Iranian negotiators returned to Tehran on Saturday to participate in ceremonies celebrating the Iranian new year (which started on March 21), while the western powers had internal talks to coordinate their stances.

By Fars News Agency