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Iran nuclear talks resume in Austrian capital

12 May 2015 16:54


Negotiators from Iran and the P5+1 group of countries start a new round of talks on drafting the text of a final deal over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Ministers Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi as well as top EU envoy Helga Schmid kicked off the talks in the Austrian city of Vienna on Tuesday.

Deputy foreign ministers and political directors from the P5+1 group will also join the talks aimed at hammering out a final deal on May 15.

Iran and the P5+1 countries are seeking to finalize a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear program by the end of June. The two sides reached a mutual understanding in Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 2.

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran will not cave in to excessive demands by the opposite side in the course of the talks, stressing that the parameters agreed upon by the two sides in Lausanne constitute the basis for drafting a final nuclear deal.

“Iran will brook no excessive demands. The agreed parameters are those confirmed by the two sides in Lausanne and these parameters need to be stipulated in a written agreement by Iran and the P5+1,” Zarif said at a joint press conference with South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

The senior Iranian diplomat also downplayed a recent US Senate bill that would allow Congress to review any nuclear deal with Iran, saying Washington is responsible for implementing any final nuclear agreement with Tehran.

Zarif said the US administration must not allow the bill to affect the implementation of a possible final nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group.

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