|Iran, major powers preparing for high-level nuclear talks||
TEHRAN – Iran and the major powers started an expert-level meeting on Tehran’s nuclear program on Thursday at the United Nations complex in Vienna to prepare for the next round of political-level talks on the issue set for April 8-9 in the Austrian capital.
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.
Iran and the six major powers agreed on a timetable and framework for negotiating a final deal during their talks in Vienna from February 18 to 20.
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