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Iran's Zarif To Meet Kerry In Paris

Source: RFE/RL

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif
(photo published on front page of Iranian daily Arman)

GENEVA, Switzerland -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on January 16 to discuss Tehran's nuclear program.

Zarif told reporters shortly before leaving Geneva that he would meet briefly with Kerry in Paris.

He said he would also meet French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to discuss bilateral and regional issues as well as extremism and Islamophobia.

Kerry traveled to Paris to honor the victims killed in last week's attacks by Islamist militants there.

On January 14, he and Zarif held more than five hours of talks in Geneva.

Those talks set the stage for bilateral U.S.-Iranian dicussions that started in Geneva on January 15 and a meeting of negotiators from six global powers and Iran on January 18.

Iran and the global powers have set a July 1 deadline for a deal that would curb Tehran's nuclear program, easing concerns it could develop atomic weapons, in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

Iranian Negotiator 'Hopeful' For Political Agreement On Nuclear Deal

By Hannah Kaviani, RFE/RL

GENEVA -- An Iranian negotiator has expressed hope that a political agreement on Tehran's nuclear program can be reached with global powers before a March deadline.

The official told reporters in Geneva on January 15 that, despite differences over the technical and political aspects of a deal, as well as differences about sanctions, Tehran is "very hopeful that we can get that political agreement even before the March deadline."

He spoke on condition of anonymity during a break in U.S.-Iranian bilateral talks in Geneva ahead of broader negotiations between Iran and six world powers scheduled to begin there on January 18.

After missing a deadline for a deal last year, the parties set a new deadline of March 1 to reach a framework agreement and June 30 to reach a permanent nuclear deal.

The negotiations aim to limit Iran's uranium-enrichment activity and ensure Tehran is not producing nuclear weapons in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Copyright (c) 2015 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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