Iran says there has been no tangible progress in writing the draft text of a comprehensive agreement over the country’s nuclear energy program.
“There was no tangible progress in this round of the talks,” Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, who is a top Iranian nuclear negotiator as well as Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs, said at a news conference on Friday after the end of another round of negotiations between Iran and the six world powers in the Austrian capital Vienna.
“We will have one or two more rounds of talks in June. Talks will continue,” Araqchi added.
Earlier in the day, an official close to the Iranian nuclear negotiating team criticized the West for pursuing unreasonable and “excessive demands” during the talks.
“The West must put aside excessive demands and have an accurate assessment of the realities on the ground,” the unnamed official said.
“Of course, difference of opinion, particularly in a sensitive matter such as the [Iranian] nuclear issue, is considered natural. However, considering the recent developments, it seemed that the West has achieved a degree of realism, but apparently this is not the case,” he added.
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia — plus Germany held the third day of another round of nuclear talks in Vienna on Friday.
The talks, which constitute the fourth round of negotiations between the two sides, began on May 14.
Iran and the six countries have been discussing ways to iron out differences and start drafting a final deal that would end the West’s dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.
In November 2013, the two sides signed an interim nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Geneva that came into force on January 20.
Under the deal, the six countries agreed to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for the Islamic Republic agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear energy program during a six-month period.