Iran-US nuke talks enter third day
Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar.17
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his US counterpart John Kerry have started the third day of talks over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program on morning, March 17.
Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran 's Atomic Energy Organization, the US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz are also participating in the talks, which are taking place in Lausanne, Switzerland, Iran 's Fars news agency reported March 17.
The new round of talks started on March 15 in Lausanne, where Salehi and Moniz held high-level technical talks in the presence of experts from Iran and the US.
Iranian foreign minister held a five-hour meeting with his US counterpart in Lausanne on March 16. Salehi and Moniz as well as the deputy foreign ministers from the both sides also participated in the yesterday talks.
After the Lausanne talks Zarif also participated in negotiations with his French, British and Iranian counterparts as well as the diplomatic chief of the EU, Federica Mogherin in Belgium 's capital of Brussels.
Iran and the P5+1 (the US, the UK , Russia , China , France and Germany ) are aiming to reach a political understanding by March 31 in the run-up to a comprehensive deal by July 1 deadline.
After the sides failed to meet the November 24, 2014 deadline they also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed in November 2013 to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
The last round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 was held in the Swiss town of Montreux in the first week of March.
The US and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon, something that Iran denies.
Edited by CN
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