Iranian FM leaves Tehran for Vienna talks

Photo: Iranian FM leaves Tehran for Vienna talks / Iran

Baku, Azerbaijan, June 16

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Iranian nuclear delegation team, headed by foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has left Tehran for the Austrian city of Vienna to take part in negotiations with P5+1 over the country's nuclear program.

The Iranian negotiating team includes deputy foreign ministers Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takh-e-Ravanchi, foreign ministry's Director General for Political and International Affairs Hamid Baeedinejad and foreign ministry's advisor Doavoud Mohammadnia as well as directors from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Amiri and Pejman Rahimian, the country's official IRNA news agency reported on June 16.

Deputy foreign minister for Legal Affairs Amir-Hossein Zamani is also heading the legal advisor team.

Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton are to discuss the way to proceed the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1(five United Nations members with veto powers plus Germany) during a working dinner in Vienna this evening.

Tehran and the six world powers have been discussing ways to iron out differences and start drafting a final deal on Tehran's disputed nuclear program.

Iranian media outlets quoted Abbas Araqchi as saying the two sides have serious intend to start writing the text of final agreement in the upcoming talks which is scheduled to start on June 16.

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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