Iran, P5+1 may hold talks on sidelines of UN General Assembly meet

Photo: Iran, P5+1 may hold talks on sidelines of UN General Assembly meet / Iran

The senior Iranian nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi said that a meeting between Iran and the P5+1 might most likely be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meet in New York but the level of negotiating teams has yet to be determined, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on August 4.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the emergency meeting of Palestine Committee of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran, Araqchi said "we seize the opportunity to welcome presence of all delegations and foreign ministers who attend UN General Assembly meeting in New York."

There might be one or two meetings between Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton or at a lower level between the two sides, he added.

Iran and the P5+1(five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) agreed to extend their nuclear negotiations for another four months till November 24 after failing to meet the July 20 deadline to reach a deal on curbing the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for ending sanctions.

The two sides sealed an interim deal in Geneva, on November 23, 2013, for a six-month period. The deal, which took effect on January 20, expired on July 20.

Under the deal, dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.

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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