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Iran, major powers to hold expert-level nuclear talks in Vienna
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c_330_235_16777215_0_http___tehrantimes.com_images_stories_famous_02_am32.jpgTEHRAN – Iran and the major powers will hold an expert-level meeting on Tehran’s nuclear program in Vienna next week, a member of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team told ISNA on Saturday. 
 
He also said that Hamid Baeidinejad, the director general of the political department at the Iranian Foreign Ministry, will lead Iran’s negotiating team at the expert-level talks with the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany). 
 
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton held two days of “useful” informal nuclear talks in Istanbul on May 26 and 27. 
 
Zarif is Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator and Ashton represents the six major powers in the talks.  
 
Iran and the major powers made little progress in their latest round of political-level talks in Vienna to build on a landmark interim nuclear deal they clinched last November in Geneva. 
 
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 to help resolve the decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.
 
Negotiators were expected to start work on drafting the text of a final deal in their most recent round of talks in Vienna, but they failed to reach the point to start drafting. 
 
The next round of political-level nuclear talks is scheduled to be held in Vienna from June 16 to 20. 
 
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