Weekly Report: 6-11 July, 2015
July 6, 2015:
The foreign ministers of the P5+1 group are meeting in Vienna behind closed doors without representatives of Tehran.
A dispute over U.N. sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program and a broader arms embargo were among issues holding up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers on Monday, the day before their latest self-imposed deadline.
Only “a few” remaining hurdles need to be cleared to reach an unprecedented deal with Iran curtailing its nuclear programme, an Iranian official said Monday.
Foreign ministers and deputy foreign ministers of Iran and the six world powers began their general meeting in Vienna on Monday afternoon.
July 7, 2015:
Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran underlined Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have achieved general understanding on the timetable and joint cooperation which is an important step in resolving the remaining issue.
Iran is rejecting reports by Jordanian state media that a terror suspect arrested in Jordan on suspicion that he planned attacks against the kingdom is linked to an Iranian group.
The terms of the 2013 interim nuclear deal between Iran and major powers have been extended until Friday, the US said Tuesday, meaning this is the new effective deadline for talks on a final deal.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says three sticking points in the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries are blocking a final nuclear deal.
A senior Iranian negotiator says an understanding has been reached on the removal of financial and economic sanctions, noting that the P5+1 should make a “political decision” to settle the remaining issues blocking a final deal on Tehran’s nuclear program.
Iran’s nuclear talks are worth continuing despite a delay in the deadline to reach a comprehensive agreement and despite existing differences, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said during a press briefing on Tuesday.
July 8, 2015:
Iranians across the country are commemorating the anniversary of the martyrdom of the first Shia Imam, Imam Ali.
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbass Araqchi has said the text of final agreement between Iran and the world six major powers is almost complete.
‘Never threat an Iranian’, said Iranian Foreign Minister when EU foreign policy chief threatened to leave the talks following some major disagreements at the plenary session with the P5+1 group of countries on Monday.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini here on Wednesday.
July 9, 2015:
President Hassan Rouhani arrived in the city Ufa, Bashkortostan Republic of Russia, on Wednesday night to attend the summit meetings of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and BRICS there.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry met on Thursday morning to continue talks to lessen differences prior to clinching a comprehensive final deal.
Amid intensive nuclear talks between Tehran and the P5+1 group, Iran reminds world powers that they have to choose between coercion and agreement, warning against opting for the former.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday he was grateful to Russia for its efforts to secure an agreement at talks between six major powers and Iran on Tehran’s nuclear programme.
July 10, 2015:
Millions of Iranians have taken to the streets across the country on International Quds Day in solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian nation.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif and his US counterpart John Kerry resumed talks in Vienna as experts negotiations are also underway.
The P5+1 group of international negotiators and Iran extended nuclear talks for an indefinite period of time and continued the meeting on the Iranian nuclear program Friday.
The European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini has said parties involved in the nuclear talks have never so close to deal.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said progress had been made Friday in tough talks with Iran on its nuclear program, praising what he called the “constructive” atmosphere.
A senior US State Department official says the 2013 interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries will be extended through Monday to provide more time for talks on a final agreement.
July 11, 2015:
Iranian foreign minister and his American counterpart resumed talks on drafting a final deal about Iran’s nuclear program in Vienna on Saturday.
The American team negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program has briefed Israel on the state in the talks, a senior US administration official told The Jerusalem Post over the weekend.
US Secretary of State John Kerry says there are still “difficult issues” to be resolved in nuclear talks with Iran.
Iran’s Day Bank announced on Saturday that it has officially joined the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT).
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed Iranian nuclear program by telephone, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
President Hassan Rouhani said even if the on-going nuclear negotiations fail, the world will acknowledge Iran’s logical behavior at the talks.
France’s foreign minister appeared to put pressure on the United States and Iran on Saturday to speed up nuclear talks, saying that all issues were now on the table between six major powers and Iran and that the time had to come to make a decision.
July 12, 2015:
An official at the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran has announced that the country will add 14 new passenger planes to its civil aviation fleet before the end of the current Iranian calendar year (ends March 20, 2016).
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and US Secretary of State John Kerry are scheduled to hold talks in the Austrian capital as part of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1.
After days of saying Iranian nuclear talks can go either way, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expressing optimism that a deal can be reached.
France’s foreign minister said on Sunday he hoped major powers and Iran have at last entered the final stages of their nuclear negotiations, although work still remained.