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Iran rejects reports on G5+1 new offer

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Sat 22 Nov 2014 - 08:04

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham categorically rejected reports that G5+1 has put forward a new proposal to Iran during Vienna talks.

'There have been several bilateral and multilateral talks based on Iranian negotiators' plans and initiatives. The talks are still underway on different political and experts level,' she said.

AP has already said that the US Secretary of State John Kerry has presented a plan to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif during Vienna talks.

On Friday, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said despite extensive negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in the Austrian capital, Vienna, the group did not offer any significant proposals to Iran.

"There were many discussions during Vienna negotiations, but there were no new ideas and no significant proposal that I could take to Tehran," Zarif told reporters in Vienna.

Zarif met with US Secretary of State John Kerry and EU coordinator, Catherine Ashton, on Friday, The meeting was part of the negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 - the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany - to work out a final deal aimed at ending the longstanding standoff over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program.

Sources close to the Iranian negotiating team say the main stumbling block in the way of resolving the 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 Iran's 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 UN-imposed sanctions should remain in place.

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