Expert-Level Nuclear Talks Useful

Expert-Level Nuclear Talks Useful
Expert-Level Nuclear Talks Useful

The expert-level nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers which were held in Vienna on Wednesday and Thursday were "useful", the head of the Iranian delegation said after the end of the talks.

"The discussions between experts from Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) were serious, intensive, explicit, and useful," said Hamid Baeidinejad, director general of the foreign ministry’s department for political affairs.  

"The delegations believed that the ideas which were discussed to help find final solutions to some issues under negotiation were effective and useful," IRNA quoted him as saying.

"The report of the discussions between experts will be presented to officials of Iran and P5+1 member countries," he added.       

The technical talks in Vienna were led by Baeidinejad and nuclear expert Stephan Klement, who represents European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

The expert talks are aimed at sorting out technical issues which arise in the political talks between Iran and the six major powers on the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program to pave the way for clinching a final comprehensive deal which would place temporary constraints on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the phasing-out of sanctions.

Iran and its negotiating partners have set a November 24 target date to build on an interim nuclear accord they reached in Geneva last November to hammer out a long-term settlement to the nuclear dispute, which has dragged on for over a decade.   

The future scope of Iran’s nuclear enrichment capacity, the mechanism and speed of lifting sanctions, the duration of the final deal, the Arak heavy-water reactor, and the underground fordo enrichment facility are the main stumbling blocks in the talks.