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Zarif, Kerry continue talks on Wednesday

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Wed 18 Mar 2015 - 10:01

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the US Secretary of State John Kerry would resume talks on Wednesday in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The third round of talks ended as Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran and and the G5+1 agreed on 90 percent of technical issues.

He said that the two sides are going to settle the remaining issue in the next round of dialogues.

Nuclear talks between Iran and the United States, headed by the countries' top diplomats, have ended in the Swiss city of Lausanne pending resumption on Tuesday.

The two sides met and talked on Tuesday in an attempt to bridge differences on the outstanding issues pertaining to Tehran's nuclear program. Nuclear talks are to resume on 09:00 a.m. local time (0800 GMT) on Wednesday.

The Iranian delegation consisted of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi, Zarif's deputies, Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e Ravanchi, as well as special assistant to Iran's president, Hossein Fereidoun.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman composed the American side.

The European Union deputy foreign policy chief, Helga Schmid, was also in attendance at the talks.

Iran and the G5+1 countries – Britain, France, China, Russia, and the United States plus Germany – are in talks to narrow their differences on outstanding issues related to Iran's nuclear energy program. The two sides have missed two deadlines since an interim deal was signed in November 2013. They have set July 1 as the next deadline for the talks.

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