TEHRAN (dpa) – Iran and the United States will start another round of talks to end the conflict over Iran’s nuclear programme on Friday in Geneva, Tehran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said.
While deputy foreign ministers from both sides would launch the talks, Iran’s chief diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif and his US counterpart John Kerry would take over at the weekend, Araghchi said Thursday.
Senior envoys from Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany would join in later in this round, he was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency.
Iran and the group of six world powers aim to agree on the outlines of a deal by the end of March. The agreement would curb the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme and make it more difficult for the country to develop a nuclear weapon.
After one and a half years of talks, both sides still do not see eye to eye about the extent and duration of the curbs, and about how fast international sanctions would be lifted in return.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was expected to issue its latest report on Iran’s nuclear programme as early as Thursday in Vienna, diplomats said.
The report would likely show that Iran continued to limit its nuclear activities under its interim agreements, but that Tehran still has not opened up about alleged nuclear weapons projects, they said.