Iran, US hold "productive" bilateral talks

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 18

By Dalga Khatinoglu, Saeed Isayev - Trend:

The US and Iranian delegations held a bilateral meeting at the Palais Coburg, Geneva, a senior State Department official told Trend on Feb.18.

"The meeting lasted for an hour and 20 minutes. The conversation was productive and focused mainly on how the comprehensive talks will proceed from here", American diplomat said.

It should be noted that Iran held a new round of nuclear talks with the Six Powers (P5+1 group) earlier on Feb. 18, which were followed by separate bilateral meetings.

Before the first round of talks, the representatives of Russia and China held separate meeting with Iran's foreign minister and after the first round of talks the representatives of Iran and the three European countries of Germany, Britain and France held quadrilateral meetings with Iran and the representatives of Iran and the US also held bilateral meetings.

The Vienna talks are being held for the purpose of setting agenda of the talks for final step as Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi has said the two sides will express their views about the issues that they expect to be put on the agenda in a bid to sum up their views and the two sides reach a unified agenda.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton has proposed formation of different work groups such as nuclear and removal of sanction in the first round of talks.

Iran and the P5+1 reached a nuclear agreement on Nov. 24. Iran has agreed to curb some of its nuclear activities for six months in return for sanctions relief. Both Iran and the P5+1 group have agreed to implement the agreement starting from Jan. 20.

Under the agreement, six major powers agreed to give Iran access to $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if it carries out the deal, which offers sanctions relief in exchange for steps to curb the Iranian nuclear program.

The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical researches instead.

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