Iran, P5+1 to hold new round of nuclear talks

Photo: Iran, P5+1 to hold new round of nuclear talks / Iran

Baku, Azerbaijan, April 2

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

The third round of negotiations on a final comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 is to be held on April 8 in Vienna.

Iranian nuclear negotiating team, headed by the foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif will leave Tehran to Austrian capital on April 7 morning, the country's ISNA news agency reported on April 2.

Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will meet on April 7 to discus the latest developments and summarize opinions from the both negotiating sides ahead the new round of nuclear talks.

The two sides also will hold a new round of expert level talks in Vienna on April 3, to flesh out the details of a comprehensive deal.

Under a six-month interim deal between Iran and the P5+1 group (five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) which took effect on Jan. 20, the six major powers agreed to give Iran access to its $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if the country fulfills the deal's terms which offer sanctions relief in exchange for steps on curbing the Iranian nuclear program.

Iran and P5+1 intend to continue their talks to reach a final agreement to fully resolve the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program. The two sides have held two rounds of political level talks as well as two rounds of expert level negotiations so far.

Commenting on the upcoming negotiations the Iranian foreign minister said in late March that "We still have hard work ahead of us as the main negotiation process on the details of the main issues for a nuclear accord is to kick off in April."

The minister said the first three months of the six-month period dwelt on exchanging ideas, while the second half of the six months would focus on actual negotiations and drafting a common understanding.

Zarif had branded the last round of nuclear negotiations, which was held in late March in Vienna very substantive, serious and useful.

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 research instead.

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