Iran, U.S. continue negotiations over extension of talks
Tehran, Iran, July 18
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
U.S. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is currently holding another meeting with Iranian deputy foreign ministers to discuss a possible extension in the nuclear talks between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries.
Sherman had already held a meeting with Iranian deputy foreign ministers Seyyed Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e Ravanchi on Thursday, Iran's Mehr News Agency reported on July 18.
It is said that the nuclear talks will be extended until November 24.
Iranian President Hassan Ruhani said on July 18 that Tehran may agree to an extension of talks with the P5+1 over the country's nuclear energy program beyond a July 20 deadline.
"If the P5+1 show respect for Iranian nation's rights within the framework of international law, Tehran will stay at the negotiation table," he said.
"Tehran has displayed flexibility as a confidence-building gesture which is aimed at greater transparency, Rouhani added.
The Iranian president went on to note that his country will not compromise on its people's nuclear rights.
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.
Edited by CN