US Secretary of State John Kerry says the latest round of nuclear talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have been ‘very constructive’ while top Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi says some gaps still remain.
Kerry made the remarks following talks with his Iranian counterpart over Tehran’s nuclear program in the Swiss city of Geneva late on Saturday.
According to reports, US State Department officials also described the negotiations as most substantive and toughest since a mutual understanding between Tehran and the six world powers was reached in Switzerland back in April.
“Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Zarif, along with their teams, had a thorough and comprehensive discussion of all of the issues today,” said a senior State Department official.
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Araqchi said after the talks that all issues were reviewed with some gaps remaining on the text of a possible final deal.
“The next round of talks will be held on Thursday this week with the presence of P5+1 deputies and Iranian experts in Vienna,” said Araqchi. Before the talks began, Araqchi reiterated Iran’s rejection of calls for interviews with Iranian nuclear scientists and inspections of military sites.
He had said that among the issues of difference between Iran and the opposite side is how to implement the Additional Protocol to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s Safeguards Agreements.
Negotiators from Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany – are seeking to finalize a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear program. The two sides have set July 30 as the deadline for the final deal.
Source: Press TV