|Expert-level nuclear talks meant to bring views closer: Iranian negotiator||
TEHRAN – A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator has said that a new round of expert-level talks between Iran and the major powers on Tehran’s nuclear program will be held in Vienna next week to bring the two sides’ views closer together.
“In these meetings, technical details will be discussed in order to find technical solutions or bring views closer together, and then decisions will be made at the political level,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) 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.
High-level 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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