Iran, US nuclear talks constructive: Iran deputy FM
Press TV -(Mon Jun 9, 2014) An Iranian deputy foreign minister has termed the first day of direct talks between the Islamic Republic and the United States on Iran’s nuclear energy program as “constructive”.
“Negotiations between Iran and the US in the Swiss city of Geneva were held in a positive and constructive atmosphere,” Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, who is a senior Iranian nuclear negotiator as well as Iran’s deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, said on Monday after the talks.
He further noted that bilateral talks between delegates from the US and Iran lasted five hours on Monday afternoon. He said that Helga Schmid, the deputy to EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, was also present in the meeting.
According to Araqchi, the talks will resume on Tuesday.
The meeting comes ahead of the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain — plus Germany, scheduled for June 16-20 in the Austrian capital Vienna.
Iran and the six countries have been holding talks to iron out their differences and reach a final deal to end the standoff over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program. The two sides held the latest round of nuclear negotiations in Vienna in May.
Araqchi and Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi are heading Iran’s delegation while the US negotiating team is led by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and Jake Sullivan, a top White House adviser. Washington has also sent Undersecretary for State Wendy Sherman to the two-day meeting.
After the Geneva talks, the Iranian negotiating team will head to Rome, Italy, for two days of talks with a Russian delegation, led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
The Iranian deputy foreign ministers will also hold talks with their Italian counterparts in Rome.