US, Iran schedule two-day long bilateral nuclear talks

Politics Materials 18 September 2014 10:41 (UTC +04:00)
Iran and the U.S. have scheduled two rounds of bilateral nuclear negotiations
US, Iran schedule two-day long bilateral nuclear talks

Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 17

By Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend:

Iran and the U.S. have scheduled two rounds of bilateral nuclear negotiations.

"The U.S. and Iranian delegations will be holding bilateral meetings on the nuclear issue as part of the upcoming EU-led P5+1 round of comprehensive nuclear negotiations", a U.S. State Department's senior official told Trend anonymously on Sep.18.

The official said the talks will allegedly be held on Sept. 18-19. He didn't mention the topics of talks.

Meanwhile, Wendy Sherman, who heads the U.S. delegation in nuclear talks with Iran announced on Wednesday that the current number of Iran's active centrifuges is unacceptable.

The West wants Iran to have single-digit thousands of active centrifuges, meaning it would take Tehran a long time to use them for producing high-level enriched uranium for nuclear weapon. Tehran who maintains 19,000 centrifuges has rejected reducing the number of active enrichment machines.

Iran and the 5+1 group, including the U.S., the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany, scheduled to resume the nuclear talks, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York this month.

The first meeting was held between Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton in New York.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also will take part in UNGA meeting, but reportedly no meeting between him and Barack Obama has been scheduled as of yet.

Iran and the P5+1 group sealed an interim deal for a six-month period in Geneva on November 23, 2013.

Under the deal, dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.

The deal took effect on Jan. 20 and was extended on July 20 until Nov. 24 to reach a permanent deal on Iran's disputed nuclear program.