Zarif, Kerry, Salehi, Moniz in Geneva for nuclear talks
Iran Press TV
Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:19PM
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry have begun a new round of talks in the Swiss city of Geneva on Tehran's nuclear program as a deadline to reach an inclusive agreement is drawing closer.
The negotiations which began late Sunday are apparently aimed at removing gaps remaining ahead of a self-imposed deadline on July 1.
The meeting between the two top diplomats was delayed for several hours due to Kerry's late arrival from London, according to AFP.
Ali Akbar Salehi, the director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz also attend the talks between Zarif and Kerry. The two high-ranking officials have already held two rounds of negotiations to discuss the technical aspects of Iran's nuclear program.
An official from the US State Department described the talks tonight as another step in "a long, tough process".
The new round of talks kicked off on Friday between representatives of Iran the P5+1 group, namely the US, Russia, China, Germany, France and the UK.
Other nuclear talks
An Iranian diplomatic delegation, headed by deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi, also held a meeting with representatives of the P5+1 group in the EU mission building in Geneva late on Sunday.
'It was as usual very good. Good, fruitful discussions, and in a very good atmosphere. We cannot claim any progress yet, it is too early to say,' Araghchi told journalists after the meeting.
Head of the US delegation Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman refused to make any comments on the talks.
Iran and six major international powers continue their negotiations to finalize a much-anticipated deal on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program by July 1. The two sides have missed two deadlines since an interim deal was signed in November 2013.
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