|Iran, France hold nuclear consultations in ‘positive atmosphere’||
TEHRAN – Representatives from Iran and France held “useful” consultations on Iran nuclear issue in a “positive atmosphere” in Geneva on Wednesday, senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said.
The consultations took place ahead of the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna set for June 16-20.
The Iranian team, led by Araqchi, held more than three hours of discussions with the French delegation, headed by Nicolas de Riviere.
The talks focused on issues related to nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers, known as the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany).
Araqchi noted that bilateral consultations between Iran and the six world powers would continue.
Also on Monday and Tuesday, negotiators from Iran and the United States held more than 12 hours of consultations. The U.S. negotiating team was led by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns. European Union political director Helga Schmid was also present at the meetings.
A German delegation is also scheduled to meet Iranian negotiators in Tehran next Sunday.
Iran and the 5+1 group struck an interim deal last November according to which Iran agreed to limit parts of it nuclear activities in return for a limited sanctions relief. The two sides are conducting various negotiations to build on the temporary deal to achieve a final comprehensive agreement by July 20. Once the final deal is struck, all nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran will be gradually lifted.
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