Iran, US Officials Serious about Resolving Differences: Analyst
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A prominent US analyst said on Wednesday that the recent direct talks between Iran and United States in Geneva show that both side are serious about resolving remaining differences over Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program.
"The bilateral meetings between senior, high-level US officials and their Iranian counterparts in Geneva demonstrate that both sides are serious about resolving the remaining differences in the negotiation of a comprehensive agreement before July 20 -- the most difficult being the scope and size of Iran's uranium program and the pace and sequence of sanctions relief," Daryl G. Kimball, the Executive Director of US Arms Control Association told the Tasnim News Agency.
On June 9-10, representatives from Iran, the US and the European Union held trilateral talks in the Swiss city to further discuss Iran’s nuclear energy program.
According to Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi, the tripartite talks included “good exchange of views, however, divisions still remain and consultations will continue.”
Moreover, the Iranian negotiating team is set to hold a couple of other bilateral meetings with diplomats from Russia and Germany in the coming days.
Iranian negotiators will meet a Russian diplomatic delegation in the Italian capital of Rome at the weekend.
Araqchi had announced earlier that another bilateral meeting between Iranians and Germany’s representative, Hans-Dieter Lucas, will take place in Tehran on Sunday, June 15.
The separate bilateral talks between Iran and members of the Group 5+1 (also known as the P5+1 or E3+3) are aimed at narrowing differences ahead of a high-level meeting among the political directors of the seven nations, slated for June 16-20 in Vienna.
The upcoming negotiations in Austria are aimed at drafting a comprehensive deal to resolve the decade-long standoff over Tehran's peaceful nuclear energy program.