World Bulletin / News Desk
Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers continued on Tuesday with a fifth round of talks aimed at reaching a permanent settlement to Tehran’s nuclear program.
The Vienna meetings will come to an end on Friday, June 20 and are headed by EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy Catherine Ashton, and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
The U.S, U.K., France, China, Russia plus Germany and Iran have uranium enrichment, nuclear cooperation, sanctions and heavy-water reactors up for discussion.
The first three rounds of negotiations exchanges opinions and ideas, while the fourth round failed to establish an agreement. A final agreement is expected to be reached during the fifth round of negotiations.
Iran and the P5+1 countries have not been able to agree on the number of centrifuges enriching uranium in Iran. Iran says its nuclear activities are peaceful and aimed at electricity generation. However, the Western countries suspect Iran of seeking to produce nuclear weapons with the help of nuclear power-enriched uranium.
Though Iran has diluted half of its enriched uranium in April under an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the P5+1 countries want to allow Iran to be in possession of a few hundred centrifuges, while Tehran sticks to more than a thousand.
The numbers of centrifuges enriching uranium are yet to be negotiated.
Tuesday's talks, which lasted around an hour and a half, have focused on “elements of the text that could be part of an agreement,” said Michael Mann, Catherine Ashton’s spokesperson.
Mann said experts were still to meet and discuss some subjects involving the final agreement.
Under a deal reached on November 24, 2013, in Geneva, Western countries agreed to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for it agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities by July 20, 2014.Last Mod: 18 Haziran 2014, 09:25