Iran deputy level nuclear talks end in Montreux

US Secretary of State John Kerry, second from left, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, second from right, for a new round of nuclear negotiations Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Montreux, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

Deputy ministers from Iran and the three European countries of the P5+1 group have wrapped up a day of nuclear negotiations in the Swiss city of Montreux.

Iran’s top nuclear negotiators, Seyyed Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi, took part at the talks held in the lakeside city’s Plaza Hotel on Wednesday night.

The talks, which lasted more than three hours, were held following an Iran-US ministerial meeting in the city.

Hans Dieter Lucas from Germany, Simon Gass from Britain, and Nicolas de Riviere from France took part as their countries’ representatives at the deputy level talks, which will continue on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up a third day of negotiations between Tehran and Washington in Montreux.

Araqchi and Takht-e Ravanchi were present at that meeting, which was also attended by Director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, European Union deputy foreign policy chief Helga Schmid, and Hossein Fereydoun, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s special aide.

The next round of ministerial talks will be held from March 15 to 20 in a location yet to be specified.


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