Iran-P5+1 talks

Iran, P5+1 kick off 2nd day of nuclear talks in Vienna

Negotiators from Iran and the P5+1 group of countries have kicked off the second day of a new round of talks on drafting the text of a final deal over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Negotiations on finalizing a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear program started at expert level in the Austrian city of Vienna on Wednesday.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Ministers Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi as well as top EU envoy Helga Schmid are expected to hold talks on the comprehensive deal later in the day.

The first round of the talks between representatives from Iran and the P5+1 group was held on Tuesday.

Hamid Baeidinejad, who serves as the head of the team of Iranian experts in the nuclear talks, evaluated the first day of the talks as “very difficult.”

Deputy foreign ministers and political directors from the P5+1 group will also join the talks aimed at hammering out a final deal on May 15.

Iran and the P5+1 countries are seeking to finalize a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear program by the end of June. The two sides reached a mutual understanding in Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 2.

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran will not cave in to excessive demands by the opposite side in the course of the talks, stressing that the parameters agreed upon by the two sides in Lausanne constitute the basis for drafting a final nuclear deal.

“Iran will brook no excessive demands. The agreed parameters are those confirmed by the two sides in Lausanne and these parameters need to be stipulated in a written agreement by Iran and the P5+1,” Zarif said at a joint press conference with South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

The senior Iranian diplomat also downplayed a recent US Senate bill that would allow Congress to review any nuclear deal with Iran, saying Washington is responsible for implementing any final nuclear agreement with Tehran.

Zarif said the US administration must not allow the bill to affect the implementation of a possible final nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group.

By Press TV