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Differences remain over final nuclear agreement: Araqchi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 30, IRNA -- Senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said following Saturday's talks between Iranian and US delegations that there are still unsettled differences over the final text of a future nuclear deal.

'In recent round of talks, the both sides reviewed all issues, however, differences still remain,' he said in Geneva after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry led the negotiations.

He said Iranian and P5+1 group of negotiators are due to meet again in Vienna on Thursday at deputy foreign minister and expert level.

The Iranian negotiating team will fly to Tehran prior to departing for the Austrian capital.

Iran's Foreign Ministry deputies Abbass Araqchi and Majid Takht-Ravanchi, US Under-Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, European Union Deputy Foreign Policy Chief Helga Schmid were also present in the talks.

Prior to the ministerial talks, Araqchi and Takht-Ravanchi met senior US and EU negotiators in Vienna discussing simultaneous lifting of sanctions and actions to be taken by Iran.

In the upcoming round of talks in Vienna, neogitators are expected to meet to work on the appendixes to the final agreement.

Recent developments in nuclear negotiations signal that the talks for drafting the final nuclear deal is entering a new phase.

The two sides have set July 30 as the deadline for a final deal.


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