What Happened in 4th Day of Nuclear Talks in Vienna?
Senior members of the Iranian negotiating team Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e Ravanchi are holding talks with Helga Schmid and Wendy Sherman who respectively are deputy EU foreign policy chief and US Undersecretary of State.
The diplomats are to continue discussions on drafting the comprehensive nuclear agreement, IRNA reports.
Also Representatives from Iran and the P5+1 group have held a plenary session on Iran’s nuclear program in the Austrian city of Vienna.
The plenary session started when deputy foreign ministers from Iran, the P5+1 and the European Union’s deputy foreign policy chief, who coordinates on behalf the six world powers, discussed a draft deal on Iran’s nuclear program.
The session finalizes four days of the most recent nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1.
Meanwhile senior nuclear negotiator and Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi In a Thursday interview with Press TV said: the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) inspections of Iran’s non-nuclear sites would merely be within the framework of the Additional Protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), should the Islamic Republic approve to implement it.
Araqchi said, he had held talks with IAEA Secretary-General Yukiya Amano over the agency’s future inspections of Iran’s non-nuclear sites as part of the Additional Protocol that Iran could undertake to implement under a final deal over its nuclear program.
The possible inspections of Iran’s non-nuclear sites would not go beyond the framework of the Additional Protocol, said Araqchi, adding that more than 120 countries all over the world only allow such access.
In Washington The White House on Thursday dismissed concerns that a potential deal on Iran’s nuclear program could trigger an ‘arms race’ in the Middle East.
U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf had voiced concern ahead of a Camp David summit that the nuclear pact at the top of Obama’s agenda could embolden Tehran and threaten their security, IRNA reports.
A former high-ranking Saudi intelligence official has said his nation would pursue its own nuclear enrichment capability because the pending deal would leave parts of Iran’s nuclear program intact.
The White House sought to downplay the report.
“We’ve never had any indication from any of these countries that they are intending to pursue the type of domestic nuclear program that would raise concerns,” deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters at Camp David, according to thehill.com.
The US House of Representatives has approved legislation, allowing Congress to review any nuclear deal with Iran or potentially reject it.
In a 400-25 vote, the House overwhelmingly passed the legislation on Thursday which was passed a week ago by the US Senate on a 98-to-1 vote.
The bill goes to President Barack Obama in order for him to sign it at the time that Iran and the P5+1 – the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – are engaged in intense negotiations to work out a comprehensive agreement aimed at ending the longstanding dispute over the Islamic Republic’s civilian nuclear work.
The White House has previously said that Obama would sign the legislation in its current form into law once it passes the House.