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Iran official hopes US would lay aside sensitivities on sanctions

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Fri 10 Jul 2015 - 09:13

TEHRAN (ISNA)- An Iranian official expressed the hope that the US would lay aside its sensitivities about sanctions imposed on Iran.

The official accompanying Iranian nuclear negotiating team in Vienna also said that some sides in G5+1 withdrew from agreements made in April in Lausanne.

The official further noted that some sides also changed their positions about certain issues during nuclear talks in Vienna.

Iran and the six world powers missed an initial deadline of June 30 and all parties agreed a new one of July 7.

However, the negotiators agreed to extend the deadline until Friday, July 10, after they failed to reach consensus.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday that the talks between Iran and the G5+1 countries would continue "for the next couple of days."

A senior US official also said on Tuesday that the Iranian and G5+1 negotiators are close to a final nuclear agreement but they have still some differences.

'We have never been closer... and we are still not where we need to be,' the US administration official said.

Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement on Tuesday that its five-member delegation held "constructive" talks in Tehran on ways forward to resolve all outstanding issues.

"Further progress was achieved in Monday's discussions with senior Iranian officials, but more work is still needed," the statement added.

It noted that the team's trip to Tehran on Monday was a follow-up meeting to a visit by the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to Iran on July 2.

Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Tuesday that Iran and the IAEA took a 'major step' toward resolving remaining issues pertaining to Tehran's nuclear program.

'Iran and the IAEA took a major step in resolving the outstanding issues to reaching a fundamental understanding on the topics and the timing of cooperation,' he said.

The five-member IAEA delegation arrived in Tehran on Monday for talks with Iranian officials.

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