|Senior Iranian, U.S. officials to meet in Geneva||
TEHRAN – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi and U.S. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman are scheduled to meet in Geneva on June 9 and 10.
The meeting will be held in line with the political consultations between Iran’s delegation and some delegations of the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) at the deputy ministerial level, ahead of the next round of political-level nuclear talks, which will be held in Vienna from June 16 to 20.
Another meeting will be held between Iran and the Russian delegation in Rome on June 11 and 12, an informed source told the Fars News Agency.
Iran and the major powers held expert-level talks in Vienna on June 4 and 5, which were led by Hamid Baeidinejad, the director general of the Political Department of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, and Stephan Klement, a nuclear expert of the European Union’s European External Action Service.
In their latest round of political-level talks in Vienna, Iran and the major powers made little progress in building on the 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 resolve the decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.
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