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U.S., Iran resume bilateral nuclear talks

English.news.cn   2014-09-04 20:25:59
 • U.S. and Iranian officials resumed another round of bilateral talks Thursday over Tehran's nuclear program.
 • Both sides noted bilateral consultations would take place in the context of the P5+1 nuclear negotiations.
 • The last bilateral meeting between Washington and Tehran was in Geneva in early August.

 

GENEVA, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- The United States and Iranian officials resumed another round of bilateral talks on Thursday over Tehran's disputed nuclear program.

This meeting between the two sides came after the P5+1 group, comprised of the United States, China, France, Russia, Britain, Germany and Iran, failed to meet a deadline of July 20 to reach a comprehensive agreement.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman led the U.S. delegation, while Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi led the Iranian side.

Both sides noted bilateral consultations would take place in the context of the P5+1 nuclear negotiations, but no further details have been revealed.

Iran's official IRNA reported Iran will also hold separate bilateral talks with Germany, Britain and France in Vienna on Sept. 11.

The next round of talks between Iran and the six world powers would be held in New York on Sept. 18, the report added.

The last bilateral meeting between Washington and Tehran was in Geneva in early August.

The United States 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 Jan. 20, Iran agreed to suspend some sensitive nuclear activities in exchange for limited sanction relief.

The two sides missed an initial six month deadline to negotiate a comprehensive deal, and extended talks until Nov. 24.

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TEHRAN, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Reaching a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear issue is likely before the Nov. 24 deadline, Press TV reported on Wednesday quoting Iran's senior nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi.  Full story

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