Iran’s Zarif to leave Vienna nuclear talks briefly: Official

VIENNA (Tasnim) – Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator, Mohammad Javad Zarif, will depart Vienna for Tehran on Sunday night and return to the Austrian capital again after a day to proceed with the talks over a lasting agreement on Iran’s nuclear energy program, an Iranian official said.

An official in charge of the Iranian negotiating team’s media affairs said Mr. Zarif’s deputies will chair the country’s team and work on the process of drafting a final deal during his absence.

According to the official, Zarif and his US counterpart John Kerry have provided their respective teams with the instructions on how to proceed with drafting the text and details of the deal after a bilateral meeting this morning.

He also noted that the delegations will stay in Vienna and continue the talks beyond the June 30 deadline, considering that lots of work still remains to be done.

The official, however, made it clear that there is no talk of a long-term extension of the negotiations.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) have been negotiating over the past 22 months to hammer out a lasting nuclear deal, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

On April 2, the two sides reached a framework nuclear agreement in Lausanne, Switzerland, with both committed to push for a final deal until the end of June.

By Tasnim News Agency