Iranian FM leaves Tehran for Vienna talks
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 13
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian nuclear delegation team, headed by foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has left Tehran for the Austrian city of Vienna to take part in negotiations with P5+1 over the country's nuclear program.
The Iranian negotiating team includes deputy foreign ministers Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takh-e-Ravanchi, foreign ministry's Director General for Political and International Affairs Hamid Baeedinejad and foreign ministry's legal advisor Amir Hossein Zamaninia, the country's official IRNA news agency reported on May 13.
Iran and the five United Nations members with veto powers plus Germany, known as P5+1, will start writing the text of the final nuclear deal in the upcoming four-day talks which is scheduled to start on May 13.
Iranian media outlets call this round of talks as the most important period in the country's decade-old nuclear dispute.
Earlier Araqchi was quoted by Iran's ISNA news agency as saying that writing the text of the final deal will be completed over several sessions.
"Discussing the final agreement's different parts requires more sessions due to multiplicity of the issues and their complexity," Araqchi explained.
Under a six-month interim deal between Iran and the P5+1 which took effect on Jan. 20, the six major powers agreed to give Iran access to its $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if the country fulfills the deal's terms which offer sanctions relief in exchange for steps on curbing the Iranian nuclear program.
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.