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Iran, U.S. hold nuclear talks in Geneva

English.news.cn   2014-08-07 22:32:14

GENEVA, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- No details were revealed at present on Thursday's bilateral talks between U.S. and Iran over Tehran's nuclear issue.

According to the U.S. State Department's announcement, the U.S. negotiators -- led by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and included Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman -- met with Iranian officials here on Thursday to resume the talks on Iran's nuclear program.

Iranian media reported that Iranian deputy foreign ministers Majid Takht-e Ravanchi and Abbas Araqchi led the Iranian side on the negotiating table, and experts from both countries were also participating in the talks.

These talks were reported to be the first contact between the two sides since the P5+1, comprised of the United States, China, France, Russia, Britain and Germany, and Iran failed to meet the deadline of July 20 to reach a comprehensive agreement, but agreed to extend the talks until Nov. 24.

Both the U.S. Mission and Iran Mission here in Geneva can not provide confirmed information on the talks.

The U.S. Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva told Xinhua that to date there were no details such as the duration and gists of talks to be disclosed.

While the Iranian Mission in Geneva told Xinhua that at right now they could not confirm any details of the talks.

According to Iran's state news agency IRNA, an unnamed member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team told IRNA that "the talks are aimed at continuing consultations on the disputed issues and studying ways to make viewpoints closer to each other."

The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of developing nuclear weapons, but Teheran insists its nuclear programs are solely for civilian use.

Under an interim deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 that went into effect on January 20, Iran would suspend some sensitive nuclear activities in exchange for limited sanction relief, and the two sides would negotiate over a comprehensive deal within six months.

After six months of negotiations, Iran and the six world powers agreed on July 19 to extend their talks until Nov. 24, as disagreements remained over Tehran's uranium enrichment capacity, its Arak heavy water reactor and the sanctions following a 16-day negotiations in Vienna.

Editor: yan
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