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Iran, 3 European states hold nuclear talks in Vienna

Source: Press TV

Representatives of Iran and the three European countries in the P5+1 group have held a meeting in Vienna to discuss the Iranian nuclear energy program.

The session, attended by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi and the representatives of France, Britain and Germany, was held at the UN headquarters in the Austrian capital on Thursday morning.

The closed-door discussions continued in the afternoon in an effort to lay the ground for a final deal aimed at ending the longstanding dispute over Iran's civilian nuclear work before a November 24 deadline.

During his one-day trip to Vienna, the top Iranian nuclear negotiator is accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe and Americas Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi and other senior members of the Iranian negotiating team.

Earlier this month, Araqchi held separate bilateral talks with Nicolas de Riviere, the French representative in nuclear negotiations, in Paris, and the US representative in the talks, Wendy Sherman, in Geneva.

The Thursday quartet meeting preceded a new round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain - plus Germany, which is slated to be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York on September 18.

Last November, the two sides signed an interim deal in Geneva, which took effect on January 20 and expired six months later. In July, Iran and the six countries agreed to extend negotiations until November 24 after they failed to reach common ground on a number of key issues.

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