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Araqchi visits Moscow, Beijing ahead of nuclear talks
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_at2(104).jpgTEHRAN – Abbas Araqchi, the Iranian deputy foreign minister and a top nuclear negotiator, set off for Moscow and Beijing ahead of the next round of comprehensive negotiations with the world powers on Tehran’s nuclear activities. 
 
On Wednesday, Araqchi held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Ryabkov in Moscow and was secluded to meet with his Chinese opposite number on Thursday.
 
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 six-month interim agreement came into force on January 20.
 
The two sides are scheduled to hold the second round of talks in Vienna on March 17-19.
 
The Geneva agreement was designed to provide time to negotiate a comprehensive solution to the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.
 
MT/PA 

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