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U.S., Iran foresee challenge to bridge gaps in nuclear talks

English.news.cn   2014-05-14 10:41:43

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (L), Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (C) and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi (R) attend a session of the 4th round discussion on Iran's nuclear program in Vienna, Austria, May 14, 2014. The 4th round of nuclear talks between Iran and five UN Security Council permanent members -- Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, plus Germany, kicked off on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Qian Yi)
VIENNA, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Both the United States and Iran on Tuesday voiced cautious views on this week's nuclear talks in Vienna, foreseeing difficulties as significant gaps remain unresolved.

However, speaking after the working dinner with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters he believes there is hope for the comprehensive deal concerning Iran's nuclear program.

"This is going to be a difficult and time consuming exercise," Zarif said, ahead of the plenary session of the talks. "I believe everybody hopes that we can achieve this within a reasonable period of time."

Based on the interim deal made in Geneva last November, Iran suspended some sensitive nuclear activities and the West relieved some relevant sanctions in return.

However, the remaining gaps between Iran and the West could pose problems, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday on condition of anonymity. One key issue is thought to be the possible military side to Iran's nuclear programme.

"This process is far, far more difficult even than the joint plan of action," the official said, as "there are some very significant gaps."

The anonymous source also denied the possible negative impact on the negotiation of the Russia-U.S. tensions regarding the Ukrainian crisis, confirming the Russian delegation is cooperating with the United States in the process.

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, the P5+1 group, intend to draft a comprehensive deal to resolve the decade-old Iranian nuclear issue in the new round of talks in Vienna.

The Western countries, suspecting Iran's nuclear program doesn't match its civilian utilities, asked Tehran to significantly scale back its nuclear plan to ensure the peaceful nature of its atomic plan, while Tehran insists its nuclear fuel is for generating electricity and research.

The deadline for a solution is late July, but can be extended with the consent of all parties.


U.S., Iran see challenge to bridge gaps in nuclear talks

VIENNA, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Both the United States and Iran on Tuesday voiced their cautious view of the Iranian nuclear talks in Vienna, saying the talk could be very difficult, as the significant gaps remain unresolved.

Speaking to reporters after an unofficial dinner with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton ahead of the plenary session of the nuclear talks, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the talks could be difficult, but he believes there is hope for the comprehensive deal. Full story

Iran's leader urges boost of ties with Pakistan

TEHRAN, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Iran and Pakistan should seize opportunities for enhancing bilateral relations, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said here on Monday as the Pakistani prime minister visits the Islamic republic.

The current level of economic cooperation between Iran and Pakistan is not satisfactory, Khamenei told visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. "We should not miss great chances for enhancement of bilateral relations." Full story

Rouhani says Iran's nuclear program "transparent"

TEHRAN, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Iran has followed "legal procedure" in developing its "peaceful" nuclear program and it does not consider to stop its activities, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said here on Sunday stressing "transparency" in the country's nuclear activities.

Iran's nuclear activities are "within the directives of the Non- Proliferation Treaty or NPT and international regulations," Rouhani said, adding that "Iran's path in the course of achieving nuclear technology has been right and it will never be stopped."Full Story

Iran says expert-level talks with P5+1 "fruitful"

TEHRAN, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Iran said Thursday that its expert- level nuclear talks with world powers concluded on Wednesday were "fruitful," Press TV reported.

Delegates from Iran and the so-called P5+1 group, which includes United Nations Security Council permanent members Britain, China,France,Russiaand the United States plus Germany, had " fruitful discussions" during their two-day talks in New York, Hamid Baeidinejad, who heads Iran's negotiating team, said.  Full story

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