Tehran, Iran, Nov. 20
By Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend:
The deputies of Iran and Russia foreign ministers held bilateral nuclear talks in Vienna.
The new round of nuclear talks between Iran and P5+1 started on Tuesday, but only bilateral and trilateral talks have been held.
IRNA reported on Nov.20 that the deputy of Iran's Foreign Minister Abbad Iraqchi, who represents the head of Iran's nuclear negotiation team, held bilateral talks with his Russian Counterpart in Sergei Ryabkov for 1.5 hours on Thursday morning.
Their meeting was contemporary with the meeting of P5+1 members' expert teams, headed by the head of Political and International Affairs of Iran's Foreign Ministry Hamid Baidinejad and the special assistant of Catherine Ashton.
Mrs. Ashton was the head of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union until Nov.1 and the head of P5+1 teams in nuclear talks with Iran. Though Ashton delivered his post as EU foreign policy chief, but still represent P5+1 in the nuclear talks.
Iran and the US also have had three rounds of nuclear talks during the past three days.
Iran and P5+1 (the US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany) is negotiating to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal by Nov.24.
IRNA reported that the current nuclear talks pass "contracted and slowly".
In Washington, during testimony Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tony Blinken, President Obama's nominee to be deputy Secretary of State, indicated that meeting the deadline appears unlikely.
"Right now, I think it's going to be difficult to get where we want to go. It's not impossible. It depends entirely on whether Iran is willing to take the steps it must take to convince us, to convince our partners that its program would be entirely for peaceful purposes. As we speak, we're not there. The Secretary of State is prepared to engage directly and personally if we have enough to move this over the goal line, but it is literally a minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour thing," Blinken said.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Wednesday that he is less optimistic about reaching a comprehensive nuclear deal by Nov.24.
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