Negotiator Stresses Iran’s Seriousness in Nuclear Talks
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi said Tehran has entered the nuclear talks with the sextet of world powers with seriousness.
Speaking at a meeting with a Brazilian parliamentary delegation in Tehran, Takht Ravanchi stated that Iran will continue the negotiations while keeping in mind the country’s nuclear rights and remaining committed to the international laws.
The new round of negotiations between Iran and Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany), will start on Tuesday in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
The talks, which are expected to be tight, technical and complicated, are aimed at finding an ultimate, comprehensive deal on Iran’s nuclear program.
The Iranian team of nuclear negotiators, led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, arrived in the Austrian capital earlier today.
Zarif and the European Union foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, who represents the six world powers in talks with Iran, will attend a working dinner tonight, while the talks will officially kick off on Tuesday morning.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (also known as P5+1 or E3+3) on November 24, 2013, signed a six-month deal on Tehran’s nuclear program in Geneva after several rounds of tight negotiations.
Based on the interim deal (the Joint Plan of Action), the world powers agreed to suspend some non-essential sanctions and to impose no new nuclear-related bans in return for Tehran's decision to suspend its 20% enrichment for a period of six months.
The breakthrough deal, which has come into effect since January 20, stipulates that over the course of six months, Iran and the six countries will draw up a comprehensive nuclear deal which will lead to a lifting of the whole sanctions on Iran.