|Iran, major powers to resume nuclear talks in February||
TEHRAN – Iran and major powers will “very likely” resume negotiations on the country’s nuclear program in February, shortly after the Geneva nuclear deal goes into effect, a diplomatic source told Reuters on Monday.
The diplomatic source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the first meeting between Iran and the six major powers would include Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
The goal of the new round of talks is to find a broad settlement in the decade-old dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. The aim is to defuse the risk of mistrust leading to deeper tensions in the Middle East.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) clinched an interim 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 nuclear deal.
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