Iran, US end 2-day of nuclear talks in Switzerland

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and his American counterpart Johan Kerry during a new round of nuclear negotiations on March 2, 2015, in Montreux, Switzerland (AFP photo)

The latest round of nuclear talks between Iranian and US delegations, headed by the countries’ top diplomats, have come to an end in Switzerland.

The two-day negotiations, which were held in the Swiss city of Montreux, ended on Tuesday.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his US counterpart John Kerry sat down for nuclear discussions for the second consecutive day on Tuesday.

Zarif and Kerry resumed their talks in a session also attended by their deputies, as well as the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and European Union Deputy Foreign Policy Chief Helga Schmid.

According to reports, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Ministers Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e Ravanchi sat for nuclear talks with US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, and European Union Deputy Foreign Policy Chief Helga Schmid on Tuesday afternoon.

Salehi and Moniz wrapped up technical talks on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program earlier in the day. They are to start fresh negotiation on Wednesday morning.

After talks on Tuesday morning, Zarif said, “We are hoping to be able to make progress. There are a lot of difficult issues and we need to address them but there is a seriousness that we need to move forward."

Also on Tuesday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini discussed the latest developments in the negotiations with the Iranian foreign minister over the telephone.

Iran and the P5+1 group - Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany – are negotiating to narrow their differences over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program ahead of a July 1 deadline.

Iran and the US negotiations are to continue on Thursday with other P5+1 representative in attendance.



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