Zarif, Ashton meet in Vienna
ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency
Tue 18 Nov 2014 - 16:22
TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the representative of the G5+1 Catherine Ashton started talks in Vienna on Tuesday.
The final round of talks between Iran and G5+1 would start with Zarif and Ashton's working lunch in the Islamic Republic of Iran's Mission in Vienna.
The two senior diplomats are expected to review the progress of ongoing talks on Tehran's nuclear issue and look into ways to continue the discussions.
The new round of talks between Iran and the world powers in Vienna is slated to last for one week from November 18 to 24.
Representatives from Iran and the P5+1 group – Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany – wrapped up their latest talks over Iran's nuclear energy program in the Omani capital, Muscat, on November 11.
The extent of Iran's uranium enrichment and the timetable for the removal of anti-Iran sanction were high on the agenda of Muscat negotiations.
Iran and its negotiating sides are in talks to work out a final deal aimed at ending the longstanding standoff over the Islamic Republic's civilian nuclear work as a November 24 deadline draws near.
Sources close to the Iranian negotiating team say the main stumbling block in the way of resolving the Western dispute over Iran's nuclear energy program remains to be the removal of all the bans imposed on the country, and not the number of centrifuges or the level of uranium enrichment.
Tehran wants the sanctions entirely lifted while Washington, under pressure from the pro-Israeli lobby, insists that at least the imposed sanctions should remain in place.
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