Friday Jan 10, 201402:17 PM GMT
Iran-Sextet nuclear talks serious, in good faith: Araqchi
Iran Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi
Iran Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi

An Iranian top nuclear negotiator has described the ongoing round of nuclear talks with the Sextet of world powers as serious and based on goodwill.

“I can’t say whether we have made progress or not, but the talks are under way quite seriously and with goodwill,” Abbas Araqchi, who is Iran’s deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, said on Friday.

The negotiations examine technical issues with focus on political aspects, he added.

On Friday, representatives of Iran and six major world powers started the second day of their new round of talks on the outstanding issues pertaining to the implementation of a nuclear deal that the two sides clinched in the Swiss city of Geneva back in November 2013.

Araqchi and Helga Schmid, a deputy for EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, opened the second day of negotiations in Geneva on Friday.

On Thursday, US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, Araqchi and Schmid held talks on the remaining issues related to the Geneva deal.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Russia, China, France, Britain, and the US - plus Germany reached a landmark interim deal on November 24, 2013, in Geneva to set the stage for the settlement of the dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

Under the Geneva deal, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. It was also agreed that no nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on Iran within the same timeframe.

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