Iranian negotiator: Drafting of nuke deal may start next month

Iranian negotiator: Drafting of nuke deal may start next month

2Tehran, April 7 (IANS) A top Iranian negotiator has expressed optimism that Iran and the six world powers involved in nuclear talks with the Islamic republic may start drafting their final agreement next month, Press TV reported Sunday.

“We hope that in the upcoming talks we would be able to bring the views closer and narrow the differences regarding major issues, so we could get to the details…and start writing the text,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi was quoted as saying.

Araqchi said the next round of the talks in Vienna will open Tuesday and will be attended by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, and will then continue at the level of their deputies.

Araqchi’s remarks followed a three-day meeting of nuclear experts from Iran and the P5+1 group, namely Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany, which concluded in Vienna Saturday.

After the talks, head of Iranian negotiation team Hamid Ba’eed’nejad described the latest round of the nuclear negotiations as “ben“ficial.”

Iran and the six world powers – the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China – clinched a landmark interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva last November, according to which Iran will suspend some controversial nuclear activities while Western states will lift some sanctions imposed on Iran.

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