Iran, P5+1 begin key nuclear talks to draft final deal
Press TV -(Wed May 14, 2014) Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have kicked off a fresh round of talks over Tehran’s nuclear energy program aimed at drafting a final comprehensive deal.
The fourth round of three-day negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 – Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany – began in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Wednesday.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday night attended a working dinner banquet with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. The two sides exchanged views on the framework of the fourth round of talks and agreed to jointly proceed with the work.
Zarif once again emphasized that this round of negotiations is highly sensitive as the two sides would start drafting the final agreement.
The Iranian chief nuclear negotiator also emphasized that the country’s defense capabilities will never be on the agenda of nuclear talks with the P5+1.
“I assure [you] that the defense capabilities and systems of the Islamic Republic of Iran have never been a topic of our discussions, and will never be in the future,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
Earlier on Tuesday, Zarif vowed to strongly defend the rights of the Iranian nation.
He said three rounds of further negotiations have been envisioned for the future.
Iran and the P5+1 are working to hammer out a comprehensive deal following the interim accord that was reached in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, 2013 and went into force on January 20 this year.
Under the Geneva deal, the six countries pledged to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for the Islamic Republic agreeing to scale down certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period.