Source: Press TV
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton have held a fresh round of meeting over Tehran's nuclear energy program.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (L) and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
On Monday, Zarif and Ashton resumed discussions on the sixth day of nuclear negotiations in the Austrian capital, Vienna, aimed at writing the draft text of a comprehensive agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Russia, China, France, Britain, and the United States - plus Germany.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi and Helga Schmid, a deputy for Ashton, have worked on drafting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for nearly 16 hours since July 4.
The two sides were previously scheduled to begin drafting the deal on Friday morning, but agreed to adjourn the meeting for further consultations.
Iran and the six countries formally kicked off the sixth round of nuclear talks on July 3 to discuss a permanent accord.
Iran and the six countries have been discussing ways to sort out their differences and achieve a final deal that would end the decade-old dispute over Tehran's nuclear energy program.
The two sides inked an interim accord in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 23, 2013. Under the deal, the six countries agreed to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period.
The deal came into force in January and expires on July 20, but can be extended depending on the agreement of all parties involved.
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