Iran, US FMs resume key nuclear talks in Geneva
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry have resumed a fresh round of sensitive talks in the Swiss city of Geneva in another diplomatic bid to pin down a final deal over Tehran's nuclear program.
During their meeting on Saturday, the top Iranian and US diplomats are scheduled to discuss the latest developments in the nuclear talks between Tehran and the P5+1 countries.
Iranian deputy foreign ministers Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e Ravanchi as well as Hamid Baeedinejad, who is the director general for political and international affairs at Iran’s Foreign Ministry, arrived in Geneva on Saturday to join Zarif.
The Iranian negotiators wrapped up three-day talks with representatives of the six global powers in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Friday.
Speaking to Press TV on Friday in an exclusive interview, Baeedinejad said good progress has been made on the issue of the removal of anti-Iran sanctions during the Vienna talks.
The senior Iranian nuclear negotiator also said the idea of foreign access to the country’s military sites has never been on the agenda of the talks.
“In fact, the inspection of military installations has never been on the agenda in our negotiations. As we have made it very clear, we never accepted that there could be inspections from the military sites in our country,” he added.
US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Wendy Sherman, the undersecretary for political affairs, are also expected to accompany the US secretary of state in the Geneva talks.EU political director, Helga Schmid, is also present in the talks.
High-ranking nuclear negotiators from Iran and the five veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are seeking to finalize a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s civilian nuclear activities by the end of June.