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EU diplomat gives Norooz greeting in Persian following talks

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Catherine Ashton, the head of EU foreign policy, extended Norooz congratulations in Persian to all Iranians at the end the joint news conference she held with the Iranian foreign minister at the end of two days of talks in Vienna.

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton
(photo by Mansoureh Ferdowsijah, Islamic Republic News Agency)


Norooz marks the beginning of the New Year in Iran and is celebrated upon arrival of spring.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif thanked the European representative of the United Nations and the Foreign Ministry of Austria for hosting the talks between Iran and the 5+1, and wished a happy Norooz to Ashton and the reporters.

Both Ashton and Zarif expressed satisfaction with the progress of the talks, which are set to continue on April 7.

Zarif also said that they have not yet reached a mutually acceptable proposal regarding the Arak Reactor; however, they are reaching an agreement on the cancellation of sanctions.

Iranian FM lauds success of nuclear talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said upon his return to Iran that the two sides in the nuclear negotiations have come a long way in bridging their differences.

"We had a deep perceptual distance with the other negotiating party, and this gap has now been eliminated."

Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton
(photo by Mansoureh Ferdowsijah, Islamic Republic News Agency)

Iran's state media quote Zarif saying: "We had a deep perceptual gap with the 5+1 because they did not understand the objectives of our nuclear activities and so they had illusions in their minds that had nothing to do with Iran's nuclear program."

Iran just came out of a two-day round of talks with the 5+1 delegation in Vienna on March 18 and 19, which both sides assessed as useful and constructive.

The talks will continue after the Iranina New Year celebrations, which begin today and will continue for two weeks.

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