Iran, US Trying to Reach More Progress in N. Talks: Negotiator

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi said on Wednesday that Tehran and Washington are seeking greater progress in talks over Iran’s nuclear energy program.

Iran, US Trying to Reach More Progress in N. Talks: Negotiator

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) are in talks to hammer out a final agreement to end more than a decade of impasse over Tehran’s civilian nuclear energy program.

"Last time we made a progress (in Geneva). We are trying to make more progress. But now it's too soon to say," Araqchi, who is also a senior member of Iran’s negotiating team, told RIA Novosti.

Senior diplomats from Iran and the United States on Tuesday held bilateral meetings in the Swiss city of Montreux as part of the newest round of nuclear talks between Tehran and world powers over the country's nuclear energy program.

In the second day of the new round of talks, Iran's negotiating team led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the US team led by Secretary of State John Kerry held bilateral talks.

The meeting was also attended by Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Chief Ali Akbar Salehi, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Deputy Secretary General for the European Union's External Action Service Helga Schmid.

Talks between Tehran and Washington are slated to resume on Wednesday, with a plenary session involving Iran and the six powers to be held on Thursday.

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