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Iran, P5+1 begin new round of nuclear talks in Vienna

Source: Press TV

Representatives from Iran and the P5+1 have kicked off a fresh round of nuclear negotiations on drafting the text of a final deal over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

On Thursday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Ministers Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi sat down for talks with European Union deputy foreign policy chief Helga Schmid, who represents the P5+1 countries, in the Austrian capital, Vienna.

Experts from Iran and the P5+1 are set to start their negotiations on Thursday afternoon.

The Iranian delegation, led by Araqchi, arrived in Vienna earlier on Thursday.

Upon his arrival in Vienna, Araqchi said that Tehran and the P5+1 countries are currently discussing mechanisms for managed access to Iran’s non-nuclear sites as part of the Islamic Republic’s measures to address the concerns over the so-called possible military dimensions (PMD) in Iran’s nuclear activities.

“We are trying to find mechanisms for the managed access on the PMD questions, which is related to the past,” Araqchi told Press TV.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries - the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany - are seeking to finalize a comprehensive agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), by the end of June.

The senior Iranian negotiator referred to the Additional Protocol to the Safeguards Agreement of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and said Iran and the P5+1 are trying to adjust its mechanisms for managed access to certain sites under the potential deal.

“For the Additional Protocol, there are already mechanisms, but we are trying to actually adjust those mechanisms to JCPOA,” he said.

“We have not decided on anything, yet,” Araqchi emphasized, however.

In separate remarks carried by IRNA, Araqchi said “important progress” was made in writing the draft text of the comprehensive agreement, but no tangible progress was made “on the annexes, so work continues.”

Iran and the six world powers have been working on the text of the potential deal ever since they reached mutual understanding on its parameters in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.

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