|Iran, major powers seek to reach a final deal: source||
TEHRAN – There exists ups and downs to finalize a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers but both sides are serious to reach an agreement, an Iranian diplomat told the IRNA news agency on Monday, demanding anonymity.
The diplomat said within the next two months several rounds of expert-level talks will be held between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany).
Iran and the six major powers started a decisive round of nuclear talks on Wednesday, May 14, in Vienna to begin drawing up the draft of a final nuclear deal which is aimed at resolving a decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.
The talks came after three rounds of preliminary negotiations held over the past three months, in which the two sides discussed general issues and expressed their expectations from each other.
The Vienna talks were meant to build on the interim deal that Iran and the six major powers struck in Geneva in November 2013.
The Vienna talks were good, but no significant progress was made.
Under the Geneva deal, Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The agreement came into force on January 20.
Iran and the major powers have set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term nuclear deal. The deadline can be extended for another six months.
Senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi has said that the next round of nuclear talks will take place in Vienna on June 16-20.
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