Iran's top nuclear negotiator to meet EU foreign policy chief

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 16

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Iranian deputy Foreign minister and top nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi will meet the European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Brussels on Dec. 17, Fars news agency reported on Dec. 16.

Araqchi is currently on his visit in Germany, for consultations with his German counterpart on Iran's nuclear program and issues of mutual interest.

He's scheduled to give a lecture at that country's Körber Foundation today. After Germany, Araqchi is to fly to Brussels for the meeting with Catherine Ashton.

On November 24, Iran and the P5+1 reached a deal in Geneva after several days of hard work and intensive negotiations. After the agreement, Iran has agreed to curb some nuclear activities for six months in return for sanctions relief.

Expert-level talks between representatives from Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany came to a halt in the Austrian capital of Vienna on December 12, after the US Treasury Department on issued new sanctions against more than a dozen companies and individuals for allegedly evading US sanctions against Iran.

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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