TEHRAN – A top Iranian nuclear negotiator said on Sunday that Iran and the major powers will start drawing up a draft of the final nuclear deal in the Vienna talks.
Ahead of the new round of nuclear talks in Vienna, Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said that all the issues will be discussed to reach a final agreement.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), are scheduled to meet in Vienna on Wednesday to discuss the terms of a final comprehensive deal on the country’s nuclear program.
The Vienna talks are meant to build on an interim deal struck in Geneva in November 2013 to reach a comprehensive agreement to help resolve the decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.
Under the Geneva deal, Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The agreement came into force on January 20. Iran and the major powers have set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term nuclear deal.
Araqchi said that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will attend an official dinner with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Tuesday, adding that the talks will open on Wednesday and run until Friday.
Commenting on the expert-level talks held by representatives of Iran and the six major powers in New York on May 6 and 7, he described the negotiations as fruitful.
The expert-level talks were held to prepare for the political-level talks in Vienna.
On the talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency scheduled to be held in Vienna on Monday, he said that no official meeting has been planned and it will be an ordinary and unofficial meeting.
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