The head of Iran’s expert-level nuclear negotiating team has described the recent negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of world powers as “fruitful.”
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain - plus Germany wrapped up their expert-level nuclear talks on Wednesday in New York.
Hamid Ba’eedinejad, the Iranian Foreign Ministry's director general for political affairs, said on Thursday that expert delegations from both sides had “fruitful discussions” during the two-day talks, which were held on the sidelines of the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
“In these negotiations, the latest expert views on the technical nuclear issues were studied,” Ba’eedinejad said.
Stephen Clement, an aide to the European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, represented the six countries involved in the negotiations.
Also on Thursday, Reuters quoted a European Union official as saying that experts from Iran and the six countries “had a useful meeting on 6-7 May in New York.”
The expert-level negotiations were held ahead of a fresh round of high-level nuclear talks between Iran and the six powers, scheduled to begin in the Austrian capital of Vienna on May 13.
Experts from Iran and the six countries are working to hammer out a comprehensive deal following a landmark nuclear accord reached in the Swiss city of Geneva last November. The Geneva deal took effect on January 20.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council wrapped up their latest round of high-level nuclear talks in Vienna on April 9.
Negotiations between Iran and the six countries are aimed at reaching a final agreement to fully resolve the decade-old dispute between the West and Tehran over the latter’s nuclear energy program.