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Iran nuclear talks going well: diplomat
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c_330_235_16777215_0_http___172.19.100.100_images_stories_famous_02_am32.jpgTEHRAN – Iran and the major powers held a second day of talks on Wednesday in Vienna in pursuit of a final deal on Tehran’s nuclear program.
 
“The talks are going surprisingly well. There haven’t been any real problems so far,” Reuters quoted a senior Western diplomat as saying.  
 
The talks were expected to run at least into Friday morning, Western diplomats said, according to Reuters. 
 
The opening session on Tuesday was “productive” and “substantive”, they said. “The focus was on the parameters and the process of negotiations, the timetable of what is going to be a medium- to long-term process,” one European diplomat said.
 
The talks got off to a good start and the negotiations will be “lengthy” and “complicated,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, a lead nuclear negotiator, told reporters on Tuesday.    
 
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 was designed to provide time to negotiate a comprehensive solution to the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.
 
The six-month interim agreement came into force on January 20.
 
AM/PA

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