|Upbeat atmosphere as Iran, 5+1 start nuclear talks in Geneva||
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. The 5+1 bloc is headed by Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief.
“The atmosphere of negotiations was positive,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told reporters after the morning session.
Michael Mann, a spokesman for Ashton, also told reporters that there was a sense of "cautious optimism" at the talks, BBC reported.
Iran entered the nuclear talks in Geneva with a new proposal.
Zarif presented the Iranian proposal in PowerPoint format titled "Closing Unnecessary Crisis, Opening New Horizons."
However, no side revealed the details of the Iranian proposal.
“The proposal is confidential until an agreement (is reached) on it,” said Araqchi, who is taking a lead role in the negotiations.
Mann said the Iranian proposal was "very useful".
Araqchi said the general points were discussed in the morning session and the details will be discussed 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, the Iranian deputy foreign minister said.
The negotiators reconvened, after a lunch break, to look at details of the Iranian proposals.
Ashton and Zarif did not attend the closed-door meeting in the afternoon.
Mann said Ashton and Zarif dined together on Monday evening in a "very positive atmosphere".
The Iranian foreign minister had said, "I am hopeful that by Wednesday we can reach agreement on a roadmap to find a path towards resolution."
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|Last Updated on 15 October 2013 19:14|