Iran and world powers are all set to continue nuclear talks in Geneva related to activation of a landmark deal to curb the nuclear program of Tehran. The two-day meeting is scheduled to begin on January 9, 2014 and will be held between Iran’s negotiator Abbas Araqchi and the representative of the P5+1 group of world powers, Helga Schmid.
The meeting has been endorsed with optimism by the foreign minister of Iran. Javad Zarif on his Facebook page said, “The nuclear talks are continuing with seriousness and a strong political will”. Zarif went on to say that technical talks in December 2013 with the P5+1 group had managed to offer ‘positive results’.
Marzieh Afkham, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson revealed that the upcoming talks will focus on remaining issues which are pending a political decision, before the deal can become effective on January 20, 2014. The date is suggested by both sides. Meanwhile, the US State Department has confirmed on January 8, 2014 that the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman will be going to Geneva to attend the talks.
In December 2013, experts also held talks for four days in Vienna, but the Iranians left after Washington had decided to expand its sanctions blacklist against Tehran.
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