TEHRAN, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Iran and the P5+1 group will soon resume their expert-level talks on implementing the earlier- reached nuclear deal, semi-official ISNA news agency reported on Wednesday.
The Iranian top nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, made the remarks in talking to ISNA, saying that the talks will resume in Geneva on Thursday.
An unnamed official said that the representatives of the UN nuclear watchdog (the IAEA) have not been invited to the Thursday talks, but if necessary, they will join the talks, according to ISNA.
Last Thursday, local media reported that Iran's expert-level nuclear negotiating team halted talks with the representatives of world powers in Vienna, which had started on Dec. 9, for further consultations with Iranian officials, adding that the negotiating team of the Islamic republic stopped the talks in a response to the United States' blacklisting of additional companies and individuals for evading existing sanctions against Iran.
The expert-level meetings between Iran and the representatives of powers are aimed at developing mechanisms for implementing the interim deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 group, including the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany, in November.
Iran and the P5+1 group struck a deal in Geneva on Nov. 24, in which Iran agreed to freeze part of its nuclear program in exchange for limited ease of sanctions which hurt its economy.
TEHRAN, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. new sanctions against some entities allegedly linked to Iran's nuclear activities is a counterproductive move which may hurt the nuclear deal recently reached between Iran and the P5+1, some Iranian officials said on Saturday.
Head of Iran's Majlis (parliament) Research Center Kazzem Jalali criticized the new U.S. sanctions against Iranian firms and individuals as a measure against confidence-building which underlay the negotiations between Tehran and six major world powers in Geneva on Nov. 24, according to semi-official Fars news agency. Full story
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- The White House on Friday defended the move of blacklisting additional companies and people under existing sanctions, saying it does not violate an interim nuclear agreement reached between world powers and Iran last month.
The statement came one day after the United States targeted additional entities that are suspected of evading earlier sanctions against Iran and supporting its nuclear program. Iran criticized the measure as "unconstructive and not in line with the Geneva deal." Full story
MOSCOW, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Moscow said Friday it can not accept a recent U.S. decision to introduce new sanctions against a group of Iranian individuals and businesses, warning that the measure will jeopardize nuclear talks.
It will jeopardize the entire process of ironing differences between Iran and the international community, including more intensive cooperation between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the governmental newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta. Full story