Iran-US start fresh round of N-talks in Geneva
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 23
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
The second round of Iran-US negotiations over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program started in Geneva, Switzerland on Feb. 23.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his US counterpart John Kerry as well as Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization and US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz have participated in the talks which started at 9:30 local time, the Islamic Republic's official IRNA news agency reported.
Iran's deputy foreign ministers Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht Ravanchi as well as the US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Helga Schmid, deputy EU foreign Policy chief also attended this round of talks.
Experts from Iran, US and the EU also are holding talks over the technical issues of the Iran's nuclear program.
Iran and the US have started a fresh round of talks since Feb. 20 in Geneva to narrow remaining gaps ahead of the March 31 deadline for political agreement.
Iran and the P5+1 (the US, the UK, Russia, China, France and Germany) extended their talks to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal, with the aim of reaching a high-level political agreement by March 31, and confirming the full technical details of the agreement by July 1.
After the sides failed to meet the November 24, 2014 deadline they also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed in November 2013 to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
The US and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.
Edited by CN
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