|Iran, EU to meet on Geneva nuclear deal||
TEHRAN – Iran and the European Union will hold a two-day meeting in Geneva on Thursday and Friday to discuss implementing an interim nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers, a top Iranian nuclear negotiator announced on Tuesday.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that he will meet with Helga Schmid, a deputy of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who has overseen contacts between Iran and the six major powers on the country’s nuclear issue.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) clinched a landmark deal in Geneva on November 24, 2013 according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief.
The Geneva agreement is designed to provide time to negotiate a comprehensive deal to help resolve Iran’s nuclear issue.
Nuclear experts from Iran and the six powers have held several rounds of talks to resolve various technical issues before the Geneva deal can be put into place.
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