Iranian FM leaves Tehran for Vienna nuclear talks
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 18
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian nuclear delegation team, headed by foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has left Tehran on Nov. 18 early morning for the Austrian capital city of Vienna to take part in 10th round of negotiations with P5+1 over the country's nuclear program.
Zarif and outgoing EU foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton will attend a working lunch banquet at Iran's Embassy in Vienna on Nov. 18, Iran's Mehr news agency reported.
The Iranian negotiating team includes deputy foreign ministers Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takh Ravanchi, foreign ministry's Director General for Political and International Affairs Hamid Baeedinejad and foreign ministry's advisors Doavoud Mohammadnia and Mohammad Ali Hosseini as well as directors from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Amiri and Pejman Rahimian and foreign ministry's spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham.
This round of the talks between Iran and the P5+1 will be the final round of nuclear talks before Nov. 24 deadline.
Last November, Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council comprising of China, France, Russia, Britain, the US Plus Germany) clinched an interim nuclear accord, which took effect on Jan. 20 and expired six months later. However, the parties agreed to extend their talks until Nov. 24 as they remained divided on a number of key issues.
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.