|Ashton hails progress between Iran, IAEA||
TEHRAN – European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has hailed the recent progress achieved between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tehran’s nuclear program.
After two days of “constructive technical” talks on February 9, Iran and the IAEA agreed on new practical measures to be implemented by the Islamic Republic by May 15
The measures have been taken based on a joint statement that Iran and the UN nuclear agency signed on further cooperation on the country’s nuclear activities on November 11, 2013.
Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting in New York on Friday, Ashton said together with the E3+3 she is “engaging in intensive diplomatic efforts to seek a negotiated solution that meets the international community’s concerns on the Iranian nuclear program,” according to the UN website.
She further explained that the two sides will start discussions next week in Vienna aimed at achieving a comprehensive and final settlement.
Talks between Iran and the IAEA is separate but closely related to the negotiations between Tehran and the 5+1 group, namely Russia, China, France, Britain, the United States and Germany.
Iran and the 5+1 group made an agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program in November, 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 two sides are scheduled to hold the next round of talks in Vienna on February 18.
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