Upcoming round of nuclear talks to focus on Zarif-Ashton meetings

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Baku, Azerbaijan, May 12

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Senior member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team says that the upcoming nuclear talks of Tehran and the P5+1 countries will focus on mutual meetings of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Chief, Catherine Ashton.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister, Abbas Araqchi said that the two sides will try to bring close their viewpoints in this round of the negotiations, the country's ISNA news agency reported on May 12.

The new round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1(United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia) will start in Vienna on May 13. The talks are aimed at reaching a final agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

Araqchi said that writing the text of the final deal will start in the upcoming talks, remarking that the process will be completed over several sessions.

"Discussing the final agreement's different parts requires more sessions due to multiplicity of the issues and their complexity," Araqchi explained.

Under a six-month interim deal between Iran and the P5+1 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 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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