Wednesday, July 2, 2014

US, Iran expected to continue P5+1 nuclear talks in Vienna

US, Iran expected to continue P5+1 nuclear talks in Vienna


US Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns is expected to attend talks between Iran and six powers in Vienna this week that aim to strike a nuclear deal by July 20, Reuters reports. The new round of talks starts today and will continue until at least July 15.

The presence of the American diplomat  who led secret negotiations between Iran and the United States would open up the possibility of bilateral talks between the two diplomatic rivals.





Vienna p5+1 nuclear talks with Iran
Vienna p5+1 nuclear talks with Iran
Burns has met the Iranians two times during the last month, first in Geneva for bilateral talks and later in Vienna, where the wider nuclear talks are to be held.

During the latter talks, he broached the possibility of US and Iran's cooperation to stabilize Iraq against an onslaught by Sunni militants.

The primary disagreement between the United States and Iran is over the Iranian nuclear program, which Washington and some of its allies suspect is designed to produce atomic weapons. Iran denies this, saying the program is for peaceful purposes.

The United States along with Britain, China, France, Russia, Germany (the P5+1) and Iran reached an interim pact on Nov. 24 under which Iran won some relief from the economic sanctions in return for reducing some of its nuclear facilities.

Their target is to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement that would lay to rest Western concerns about the Iranian program and comprehensively ease sanctions on Tehran by July 20, but outside analysts and diplomats are deeply skeptical they can achieve this.

Western officials have said very little progress has been made after five rounds of talks since February toward striking a deal that could end years of hostility and defuse the risk of a new war and a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

Both sides have said their goal is to have a deal by July 20 and avoid a difficult extension of the interim accord which expires then. Privately, Western diplomats say they would be willing to consider extending the interim deal and continuing talks beyond July 20 only if an agreement was clearly in sight.

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Iran and six world powers entered a final stage of talks over Teheran’s nuclear program in the capital of Austria, Vienna. The negotiators aim to start drafting the text of a comprehensive peace deal on Wednesday. The accord is meant to finally end the standoff over Iran's atomic activities.

High-level talks are being held between Teheran and the so-called P5+1 group, including Russia, the US, Britain, China, France, and Germany. The Voice of Russia talked to Seyed Ali Alavi, Middle East analyst at The School of Oriental and African Studies.

The global watchdog sought clarification about Tehran's efforts to develop exploding bridge wire detonators, which could be used in nuclear weapons.


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