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Iran, 5+1 may meet on sidelines of UN General Assembly meeting in New York: official
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_NA2(82).jpgTEHRAN – A top Iranian nuclear negotiator said on Monday that Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) may hold nuclear talks on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York on September 16.
 
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif may also meet with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton before the meeting, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said.
 
He added that both sides are scheduled to hold some multilateral and expert level talks before the meeting.
 
The talks are complicated and most probably will be held at all levels in Europe, he said.
 
Iran and the six powers failed to meet a self-imposed July 20 deadline to strike a comprehensive deal to resolve the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program and agreed to extend the talks on a final deal until November 24.
 
In a final agreement there would be some temporary constraints on Iran’s nuclear activities. There are differences between Iran and the six-nation group over how long the constraint should last. 
 
Araqchi said the length of the constraint is one of the sticking points between Iran and its negotiating partners.
 
The other side seeks the constraint to last for long years while Iran wants a few years, he added.
 
NA/PA

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