Lifting sanctions to be discussed in N-talks next week
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 28
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed hope that progresses would be made in the issue of lifting sanctions in a fresh round of nuclear talks which is scheduled for next week.
Then the sides would be able to write the progresses for drafting an agreement text, Zarif said, Iran's state IRINN TV reported live on Feb. 28.
A fresh round of Iran-P5+1(the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) talks over the Islamic Republic nuclear program will be held in Switzerland next week.
Zarif who was speaking in a joint press conference with his visiting Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni said that the sanctions issue is an obstacle against achieving a nuclear deal.
"If the counter side pay attention to this issue, reaching a deal will be possible," Iran's top diplomat said.
While commenting on the latest round of nuclear talks which was held last week, Zarif said that due to presence of the senior nuclear officials from the US and Iran, the talks focused on details and technical issues.
"Good, clear and very detailed negotiations were held," Zarif said, adding differences between the sides still remain in some fields, including the sanctions.
The latest of nuclear talks was for the first time attended by Chairman of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi and US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Salehi and Moniz held three rounds of talks on Feb. 21 and 22.
Senior officials from Iran and six powers will meet in Montreux, Switzerland, on March 5. The talks between political directors will be preceded by a series of bilateral meetings between Iran and some of the six powers on March 2.
Iran and the six governments aim to reach a political understanding by March 31 and agree on a comprehensive deal by a self-imposed June 30 deadline.
After the parties failed to meet the Nov. 24, 2014 deadline they also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed in November 2013 for providing Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
The US and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.
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