Iran, P5+1 nuclear talks underway in Lausanne
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 1
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Ministerial meeting of the P5+1 and Iran resumed after meeting of Political Directors in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Before that Deputy foreign ministers and nuclear experts from the P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) held talks on Tehran's nuclear program.
Foreign ministers will address for final approval the outcome of the deputy foreign ministers and experts' negotiations later in the day.
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Aliakbar Salehi and US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz settled for talks earlier the day, but their meeting ended in 10 minutes.
Speaking on the sidelines of the meetings, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hoped that writing the draft agreement would start soon, Fars news agency reported April 1.
Iran and P5+1 were to reach a political understanding by March 31, but the negotiators decided to extend their talks to April 1.
Before leaving Lausanne early morning, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said to Russia Today that the sides had agreed on the major topics.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also said late March 31 that the talks had made progress.
A Western diplomat told France 24 that after 7 hours of talks that extended well into the night, Iranian negotiators accepted nothing new, as the diplomat put it, seem to be playing with the talks.
Edited by CN