Iran`s nuclear talks tough but progressive

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.19

By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

Nuclear talks between Iran and Group P5+1 are tough but progressive, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Behrouz Kamalvandi said.

It seems that the next round of negotiations will pave the way for reaching a final agreement between the two sides, he said on the sidelines of MENA Nuclear Industry Congress (NIC), which was held on April 15-16 in Istanbul, the Iranian IRNA news agency reported.

Iran has always met it obligations within the framework of bilateral agreements and expects the other side to do the same, the official said.

Previous meeting of experts from Iran and Group 5+1 was held on April 3-5 in Vienna. The 4th round of Iran nuclear talks will take place in Vienna on May 13.

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.

Under a six-month interim deal between Iran and the P5+1(the five permanent UN Security Council members 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.

The two sides 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.

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