Tehran, Washington to hold bilateral nuclear talks in Vienna

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Tehran, Iran, Jul. 13
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is expected to meet with his American counterpart John Kerry in Vienna on Sunday afternoon.

The meeting will be held at the sidelines of the sixth round of nuclear negotiations between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries, Iran's Mehr News Agenct reported.

Kerry will first hold a meeting with EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton.

Iranian foreign minister is also expected to hold separate meetings with foreign ministers of Britain, France, and Germany on Sunday afternoon.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said on July 13 that neither Tehran, nor the P5+1 group of countries are willing to extend the nuclear talks beyond the July 20 deadline.

"If we reach new agreement until July 20 we may extend the talks for only a few days, and not more," he said, Iran's Mehr News Agency reported.

It is while Araqchi said on July 12 that the talks may be extended.

"If the two sides come to the conclusion that the talks are progressing, we may extend the negotiations, otherwise there is no need for such extension," he said, Iran's ISNA News Agency reported.

Araqchi also called on the other side to be prepared for making serious and difficult decisions.

"Some 60 to 65 percent of the text of a comprehensive nuclear deal has been completed," he noted.

"Despite the progress in writing the final text, there are still differences over major issues," Araqchi explained.

He further expressed hope that the two sides can resolve their remaining differences after some P5+1 foreign ministers arrive in Vienna.

U.S. officials also warned Saturday that they would not seek to extend negotiations over Iran's nuclear program beyond the July 20 deadline unless Tehran's negotiators make major concessions in the next several days, Los Angeles times reported.

The sixth round of nuclear negotiations between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries is currently underway in Austrian capital, Vienna.

Delegations from both sides are trying to finalize the text of a comprehensive nuclear deal within the next 20 days.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has described this round of talks as a unique opportunity to make history.

The two sides inked an interim accord in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 23, 2013. The next round of talks is to start in Vienna on July 2.

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