New round of Iran-P5+1 talks would be held next week
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 23
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
A fresh round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group over the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear program will be held next week.
No date was set yet for the next round of talks, but most likely it would be next week, a source close to Iran's nuclear negotiating team said, Iran's ISNA news agency reported Feb. 23.
The source made the remarks while commenting on reports that say the next round of N-talks between Iran and the P5+1 is scheduled for Feb. 27.
Iran and the US started a fresh round of talks on Feb. 20 in Geneva to narrow remaining gaps ahead of the March 31 deadline for political agreement.
Representatives from Iran and the United States have kicked off the second round of talks that opened at 9:30 am local time (8:30 GMT) Feb. 23.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht Ravanchi are members of the Iranian delegation while the US team is comprised of US Secretary of State John Kerry, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
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.
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