G5+1, Iran to start expert-level nuclear talks

G5+1, Iran to start expert-level nuclear talks
Thu Apr 3, 2014 09:45:11

Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) are to hold an experts meeting in the Austrian capital.

Director-General of Political and Legal Affairs in the Iranian Foreign Ministry Hamid Baeidinejad will lead the Iranian delegation in the three-day negotiations with the expert teams of the six world powers on April 3-6.

The experts meeting will be followed by talks between the top negotiators of Iran and the Sextet on April 7 to 9.

Iran and the Group 5+1 representatives had several sessions of talks in Vienna March 18-19.

On November 24, Iran and the G5+1 members sealed a six-month Joint Plan of Action to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over the latter's nuclear energy program.

In exchange for Tehran’s confidence-building bid to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the Sextet of the world powers agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran and impose no nuclear-related sanctions on Iran during the six-month period.

On Monday, the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs claimed in a resolution that the EU must be more active in addressing the human rights issues with Iran and supporting civil society in the country.

The resolution also called for reliable monitoring of the fulfillment of Iran's commitments under the ‘Joint Action Plan’, which was inked between Tehran and the six world powers in the Swiss city of Geneva in November 2013.

Iran has dismissed the resolution adopted recently by a European Parliament committee on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic as ‘unrealistic’ and counterproductive.

Iran and its negotiating partners have been holding talks in an effort to work out a permanent accord aimed at fully resolving the decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

In a new monthly update on March 20, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) once again confirmed that Iran has not violated the terms of the Geneva nuclear deal, which took effect on January 20.


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