Iranian FM calls talks with Ashton “good”
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 19
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that he had good talks with the EU nuclear talks coordinator Catherine Ashton on Nov. 18, the official IRIB news reported.
Zarif and Ashton reviewed the process procedure of ongoing round of nuclear negotiation during a working lunch banquet at Iran's Embassy in Vienna.
"We decided on how to continue the talks in the coming days," Zarif said, adding achieving a result depends on the political will.
After the Zarif-Ashton meeting Iranian deputy foreign ministers Majid Takht Ravanchi and Abbas Araqchi held bilateral talks with the U.S. Undersecretary of State William Burns and Wendy Sherman.
Then, Ashton's deputy Helga Schmid joined the two sides and negotiations continued trilaterally.
Iranian delegation also held bilateral talks with their Chinese counterparts.
Technical expert teams of Iran and the P5+1 also held negotiations in Vienna's Cobourg Hotel on Nov. 18 night.
The Iranian team was led by Hamid Baiedinedjad, managing director of Iranian Foreign Ministry's Political and International Affairs Office and the P5+1 group was headed by the special assistant of Catherine Ashton, Stephen Clement.
Nov. 24 is set as the deadline to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iran and the world six powers (the U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany.)
Last November, Iran and the P5+1 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.
After arriving the Austrian capital city of Vienna on Nov. 18 Zarif said that "we are here to find a solution that respects the Iranian nation's rights and removes the legitimate concerns of the international community."
If there is a political will by the other party to resolve this issue, the agreement will be possible, Zarif said, adding Iran would not accept "excessive demands."
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.