Iranian official denies reports on possibly extending nuclear talks
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 3
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi has dismissed earlier reports which quoted him as saying Iran may extend nuclear talks with P5+1 for another six months, Iranian Fars news agency reported on March 3.
Earlier some media outlets quoted Najafi as hinting at the possibility of extending nuclear negotiations with the Sextet of world powers for six months to reach a final comprehensive solution.
Commenting on the meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Najafi went on to say that Iran's nuclear issue maybe discussed in the meeting which will be held on March 5 or March 6.
Iran and the P5+1 held meetings in Vienna in February to work on a comprehensive deal. Iran and the P5+1 (Russia, China, France, Germany, UK and the US) signed an interim deal on Iran's nuclear energy program in Geneva on November 24, 2013. The deal took effect on January 20.
Under the agreement, six major powers agreed to give Iran access to its $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas, if the country fulfils the deal's terms, which offer sanctions relief in exchange for steps on curbing the Iranian nuclear program.
Iran and P5+1 aim to continue their talks to reach a final agreement to fully resolve the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program. The next round of negotiations will begin with a meeting between technical experts from the P5+1 and Iran on March 5.
This will also be followed by a meeting between EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna on March 17.
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.