Iran nuclear talks likely on fringes of UN General Assembly

Published August 31st, 2014 - 06:02 GMT

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany will continue nuclear negotiations on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

The European Union foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, said on Saturday, “We will use the opportunity of the General Assembly in New York to also do that (talks).”

On Monday, Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are due to meet in Brussels.

“There are ongoing discussions on that (Iran nuclear energy issue),” said Ashton, who is expected to continue to lead nuclear negotiations with Iran even though she leaves her EU position at the end of October.

In July, the Iranian foreign minister and the European Union foreign policy chief held several meetings during the latest round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - China, Russia, Britain, France, and the United States - plus Germany in the Austrian capital, Vienna, to exchange views on the process of preparing the draft text of a comprehensive deal.

Zarif also held a trilateral meeting with Ashton and US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in Vienna.

Iran and the six countries clinched a landmark interim deal in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 23, 2013. The agreement, which took effect on January 20 and expired six months later on July 20, has been extended until November 24.

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