Ashton, P5+1 to meet on Iran nuclear issue on Oct.16
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 15
By Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend:
EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and the P5+1 political directors will meet with the Iranian nuclear negotiators in Vienna on October 16, the Deputy Spokesperson for the US Department of State Marie Harf told Trend.
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi held trilateral nuclear talks with Wendy Sherman, the U.S. State Department's chief nuclear negotiator and EU Political Director Helga Schmid on October 14.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has also left Tehran to join the nuclear talks on Monday.
Zarif, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will discuss the progress of the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Tehran and G5+1 group of the world powerson Oct.15.
Marie Harf said that the meeting of Ashton and the P5+1 Political Directors will follow a trilateral meeting on Wednesday with Ashton, John Kerry, and Foreign Minister Zarif.
"This meeting is scheduled to last only one day, and will be at the political director level in the P5+1", she said.
The latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and the 5+1 group was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last month in New York.
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 has 19,000 centrifuges has rejected reducing the number of active enrichment machines.
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.