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Next round of nuclear talks set for mid-June: Iran
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi
Sun May 18, 2014 5:6AM
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A top Iranian negotiator says the next round of nuclear talks between the Islamic Republic and six world powers will be held in the Austrian capital, Vienna, in mid-June.

“The next round of the talks between Iran and the P5+1 group (permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) will be held from June 16 to June 20 in Vienna, Austria,” said Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi on Saturday.

Iran and the six world powers wrapped up their fourth round of nuclear talks in Vienna on Friday.

Iran says there has been no tangible progress in writing the draft text of a comprehensive agreement over the country’s nuclear energy program.

“We will have one or two more rounds of talks in June. Talks will continue,” said Araqchi at a news conference on Friday after the end of the talks.

Earlier in the day, an official close to the Iranian nuclear negotiating team criticized the West for pursuing unreasonable and “excessive demands” during the talks.

Iran and the six countries have been discussing ways to iron out 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 came into force on January 20.

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