Iran's nuclear negotiating team began bilateral talks in Vienna, Austria with the representatives of three European members of the P5+1 (Britain, France and Germany) to settle disagreements on the way of reaching a final comprehensive agreement with the six major powers over Tehran's disputed nuclear program.
The Iranian delegation is headed by Deputy Foreign Ministers Majid Takht Ravanchi and Abbas Araqchi, the official IRNA news agency reported Sept. 11.
The Iranian team arrived in Vienna Thursday morning. The meeting is being held at the UN Headquarters in Vienna with participation of Simon Gass, Nicolas Dorier and Hans-Dieter Lucas respectively from Britain, France and Germany.
Earlier Iran held over 20 hours of bilateral political and expert talks with representatives of the United States in Geneva, Switzerland, on September 4-5.
The US delegation was headed by Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Under Secretary of State in Political affairs Wendy Sherman.
On September 1, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with the outgoing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Brussels and three days later with her successor, Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini.
The next round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 is to be held in New York on September 18.
Iran and the P5+1 sealed an interim deal for a six-month period in Geneva on Nov. 23, 2013.
Under the deal, dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
The deal took effect on Jan. 20 and expired on July 20. However the two sides agreed to extend their talks for four months until Nov. 24, 2014 to reach a permanent deal on Iran's nuclear program.