Iran nuclear talks reach decisive phase
Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar.30
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 are underway intensively and have reached a decisive phase.
Iranian senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said that no agreements have been reached yet, however, solutions have been found for many issues, Iran's ISNA news agency reported on March 30.
He also rejected some news about taking uranium out of the country.
"We will not do that. But, there are ways to remove any concerns about non-civilian use of uranium stockpile," he said.
Anyway, all the sanctions should be lifted within a specified framework, he added.
As the March 31 deadline approaches, delegates from the P5+1 countries and Iran on March 29 continued their intensive negotiations to reach an understanding which could pave way for the final resolution of the long disputed Iranian nuclear issue.
According to a senior diplomat source, key sticking points at this point include the details of when and how the lifting of UN and bilateral sanctions should be arranged in return for Iran's assurance to curb nuclear-related activities.
Also Iran's nuclear research and development ambitions and its nuclear enriching facilities in certain places remained a critical dispute to be addressed in the Lausanne talks.
On Nov. 24 of 2013, the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, plus Germany) and Iran reached a first-step agreement on Iran's nuclear program, the Geneva 2013 Joint Plan of Action, which demanded Iran suspend some sensitive nuclear activities in exchange of limited sanction relief to buy time for the diplomatic effort to resolve the issue.
Since then, the P5+1 and Iran have twice missed self-imposed deadlines for a final and comprehensive accord, respectively in June and November last year, and the negotiators then set
March 31 of 2015 as a new deadline for a political framework agreement and July 1 for the final deal.