Iranian Dy FMs, Helga Schmid hold 8-hour talks drafting agreement

New York, May 1, IRNA – Iranian deputy foreign ministers Seyyed Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takte-Ravanchi continued their 2 rounds of negotiations with deputy EU foreign policy adviser Helga Schmid here, drafting the text of Iran-Sextet comprehensive nuclear agreement.

The first round of the Iranian and EU top diplomats’ talks lasted five hours and after a four-hour break they got engaged in the second round of talks which lasted another three hours.

The drafting of the comprehensive agreement which had started at 9:00 am New York time (5:00 pm Tehran time) by the two sides technicians continued by the deputy foreign ministers and Ms. Schmid at 10:30 New Time (6:30 Tehran time).

The initial drafting of that text had actually started on April 22 by Araqchi and Schmid in Vienna.

The first issue finalized in the final agreement is the termination of the unjustly imposed anti-Iranian sanctions, which is termed by a top member of the Iranian team Araqchi as ‘quite complicated.’

The drafting of the agreement was resumed in New York from the point that it had been left unfinished in Vienna.

The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday in University of New York that if Iran and the so-called 5+1 Group will come up win an agreement in June the UN Security Council will a few days later issue a resolution under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, confirming the authenticity of that agreement.

In accordance with that resolution, the entire previous resolutions, including the UN resolutions that imposed sanctions against Iran, will be annulled and the US administration, too, will be obliged to abide by the terms and conditions of the comprehensive agreement.

The EU has ever since March, 2015, been playing a more proactive role in Iran-Sextet nuclear talks and turned the bilateral Iran-US talks into trilateral Iran-EU-US negotiations.

The EU foreign policy director Federica Mogherini held talks with the US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday in New York and told him that taking the last step in reaching a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran is both vital for Europe and cooperation in reaching it is a ‘pride for the EU’.

John Kerry, too, said that cooperation on the Iranian nuclear issue is the top priority in US-EU cooperation.