Iran, six powers hold new round of expert-level talks in Vienna

357068_Iran-nuclear-talksIran and the six world powers have started a fresh round of expert-level talks on Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

The new round of the expert-level talks between the Islamic Republic and the six world powers — the United States, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany — started on Thursday in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, who is also a senior Iranian nuclear negotiator, said all technical issues concerning the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program will be discussed in this round of the expert-level talks between Iran and the six world powers, IRNA reported.

He also referred to the Arak heavy water plant in central Iran, saying, “This issue, along with its technical aspects…is one of the technical issues the details of which will be discussed by the experts.”

The talks between Tehran and the six countries are part of efforts to seal a final deal on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program. The two sides reached an interim deal on November 24, 2013, in the Swiss city of Geneva to set the stage for the full settlement of the dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program.

“These (expert-level) negotiations are held within the framework of the final step of the Geneva deal for reaching a comprehensive solution,” the Iranian deputy foreign minister added.

Under the Geneva deal, the six countries agreed to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. It was also agreed that no nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on the Islamic Republic within the same time frame.

Iran and its negotiating partners wrapped up their latest round of high-level nuclear talks in Vienna on March 19. The two sides are set to resume their negotiations on April 7-9.

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