Iran, P5+1 begin nuclear talks in Vienna
Press TV -(Tue Apr 8, 2014) Iran and the P5+1 group have begun a new round of nuclear talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna in a series of negotiations aimed at fully resolving the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.
The high-level talks were presided over by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who heads the six countries in the nuclear discussions, on Tuesday.
The negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, Britain, Russia, France and China – plus Germany then will continue at the level of the deputies.
The Iranian foreign minister said earlier that Tehran and the P5+1 are scheduled to exchange views on all remaining issues in order to be able to start drafting a final accord in the next round of the talks, scheduled to be held in the Austrian capital in mid-May.
Zarif said the current talks will focus on issues that have not been tackled so far, such as the mechanism for nuclear inspections.
Iran and the six world powers reached an interim deal on November 24, 2013, in the Swiss city of Geneva. The deal took effect on January 20.
Under the Geneva deal, the six countries agreed to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. It was also agreed that no nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on the Islamic Republic within the same time frame.