Iran, P5+1 to resume experts-level talks in Vienna

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Baku, Azerbaijan, June 3

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Iran and the P5+1 group are scheduled to resume technical nuclear talks in the Austrian capital city of Vienna on June 4.

Experts from Iran and the P5+1 will hold two days of talks on technical issues simultaneously with the quarterly meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors, Iran's Fars news agency reported on June 3.

Director General for political and international security affairs of Iran's Foreign Ministry, Hamid Baeidinejad will lead the Iranian negotiating team while the P5+1 experts delegation will be headed by Stephen Clement, an aide to EU foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton.

Tehran and the six world powers (five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the U.S., China, Russia, France and the UK - plus Germany) have been discussing ways to iron out differences and start drafting a final deal on Tehran's disputed nuclear program.

Iran and the P5+1 wrapped up their latest round of high-level nuclear talks in the Austrian capital Vienna on May 16 without any result. After the unsuccessful negotiations the two sides held an extra-ordinary non-official meeting in Istanbul later in May.

In November 2013, Iran and the P5+1 signed an interim nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Geneva that came into force on January 20.

The deal (the Joint Plan of Action) stipulates that over the course of six months, Iran and the six countries will draw up a comprehensive nuclear deal which will lead to a lifting of all the sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

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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