TEHRAN – Iran and the six world powers (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) have described the atmosphere of nuclear talks in Geneva as positive.
The talks which began on Tuesday will continue until Wednesday. It was the first round of nuclear talks between Iran and the 5+1 group since Hassan Rouhani was elected president in Iran.
The Iranian team is led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. However, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi is the chief negotiator.
“The atmosphere of negotiations was positive,” Araqchi told reporters.
Michael Mann, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, also told reporters that there was a sense of "cautious optimism" at the talks, BBC reported.
Araqchi said Foreign Minister Zarif presented the Iranian proposal in PowerPoint format. However, he gave no details.
“The proposal is confidential until an agreement (is reached) on it,” Araqchi added.
Ashton, who represents the 5+1 group in the talks, held a brief meeting with Zarif as the talks began.
"I am hopeful that by Wednesday we can reach agreement on a roadmap to find a path towards resolution," Zarif stated.
Araqchi said Ashton and Zarif will not be present in the talks in the afternoon.
The purpose of the Iranian team is seeking ways to guarantee Tehran’s right to a peaceful use of nuclear energy and the Western side’s goal is receiving assurances that Iran’s nuclear activities are peaceful, Araqchi added.
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