TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that nuclear talks with major powers were progressing slowly.
He made the remarks during a joint press conference with his Italian counterpart Emma Bonino in Tehran on Sunday.
Bonino’s visit comes nearly a month after a landmark agreement between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) over Tehran’s nuclear program, according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program and to suspend its 20 percent uranium enrichment in return for a limited easing of the sanctions imposed on the country.
The agreement also stated that over the course of six months, Iran and the six countries of the 5+1 group will draw up a comprehensive nuclear deal which will lead to a lifting of the sanctions on Iran and Iran will provide the world verifiable guarantees that its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.
“The negotiations are not easy. Details should be taken into consideration. (Talks) are moving forward slowly. We hope we would make progress on the basis of commitment and good faith and avoid involving in issues that could be troublesome,” Zarif stated.
Also, the Iranian foreign minister agreed with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to resume the technical nuclear talks on how to implement the Geneva deal after the Christmas holidays, Zarif wrote on his Facebook page.
Zarif and Ashton made the decision during a telephone conversation on Sunday in which they discussed the latest developments in expert-level talks that began Thursday between representatives from Iran and the six major powers.
This round of talks in Geneva was the second of its kind since nuclear experts and sanctions specialists from Iran and major powers met to figure out how to implement the nuclear deal.
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