Source: Tehran Times
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi has said that Iranian negotiators will try to reach a "fair" and "reasonable" solution to Iran's nuclear issue in a new round of nuclear talks with the major powers, which starts on Wednesday in Vienna.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi
Araqchi, a senior nuclear negotiator, also said that Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) will try to use the existing opportunity to reach a final nuclear agreement.
He also said that during the talks Iranian negotiators will adhere to the principle of preserving the independence and dignity of the country in political, economic, and scientific areas.
The negotiating team's main priority is to consolidate the Iranian people's nuclear rights, he added.
In this round of talks, which is expected to continue at least for two weeks, Iran and the major powers are going to draft the text of a comprehensive nuclear agreement to solve the dispute over Tehran's nuclear program, which has dragged on for over a decade.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who coordinates the talks on behalf of the 5+1 group, will supervise the process of drafting the text of the final deal.
The current process of negotiations is meant to build on a landmark interim nuclear deal Iran and the six major powers clinched last November in Geneva.
Under the Geneva deal, Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The agreement came into force on January 20. Iran and the powers have set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term comprehensive nuclear deal. The deadline can be extended by another half year if both sides agree.
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