Iran and UN Security Council begin second day of nuclear talks
Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, is leading negotiations with the UN (File/AFP)
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Iran and the six world powers have begun the second day of the latest round of nuclear negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear energy program in the Austrian capital, Vienna.
On Tuesday, representatives of the Islamic Republic and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain - plus Germany sat down at the negotiating table in Vienna, working to draw up the draft of a final nuclear deal.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is leading the Iranian delegation, while EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is heading the other negotiating team.
On Monday, Zarif and Ashton attended a working lunch banquet before having a trilateral meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns.
At the end of the trilateral meeting, the Iranian foreign minister said the negotiations focused only on the Iranian nuclear energy program.
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs, Abbas Araqchi, who is a member of the Iranian nuclear negotiating team, also said the meeting with Burns was fruitful.
The latest Vienna talks come after Iran held several bilateral nuclear talks with delegations from the United States, France, Russia and Germany.
Iran and the six world powers have been discussing ways to iron out their differences and start drafting a final deal that would end the West’s dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.
In November 2013, the two sides signed an interim nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Geneva that will expire on July 20, but can be extended.
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