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Iran-Powers Nuclear Talks: Next Meeting in November

Politics - Senior negotiator of Iran and the six world powers decided to continue the talks over the former's nuclear issue on November 7 and 8.

The two sides decided to have their experts committees to be comprised of their nuclear and sanctions experts in the November meeting.

The agreement was struck by the representatives of Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) in their session of talks on Wednesday.

The seven teams of negotiators started their third session at the UN offices at 13:00 Geneva time and ended the meeting after almost two hours. The meeting which was due to be held at 11:00 Geneva time was delayed due to an internal meeting among the six world powers to discuss Iran's proposals.

The fourth session will start in the next few minutes and delegations of Iran and the G5+1 are due to issue a joint statement after the fourth session of their two-day talks on Wednesday.

The fourth session of negotiations between Tehran and the G5+1 will be held in the presence of Iranian Foreign Minister and Chief Negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton who represents world powers in talks with Iran at 16:30 Geneva time.

Tehran and the world powers held two sessions of talks on Tuesday morning and afternoon which were held in a serious and positive atmosphere, according to both sides.

During the meetings, Iran presented a three-staged package of proposals to the opposite sides which includes confidence-building measures for a settlement of the Iran-West nuclear standoff.

The Iranian and G5+1 officials also held some bilateral meetings on the sidelines of their multilateral talks; the meetings between Zarif and Ashton, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi and Head of the US delegation Windy Sherman and Araqchi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Ryabkov were all held after the second session of Tuesday talks in Geneva.

Both Iran and the world powers have described the meetings yesterday as "positive" and "constructive".

"Mr. Zarif had a PowerPoint presentation of the plan in details, the generalities of the plan were discussed in the morning session and the details will be studied by (the two sides') political directors in the afternoon," Araqchi said after the end of the morning session of the talks.

Araqchi, who is also the spokesman and the number two person in the Iranian team, told reporters that "the negotiations were held in a highly positive atmosphere and the two sides were serious when speaking of their issues".

He said that the world powers have welcomed the general points of Tehran's proposals on the settlement the country's nuclear standoff with the West, adding that Iran is seeking to encourage the opposite side to pursue a common goal for the negotiations.

"The Group 5+1 member states welcomed the generalities of Iran's plan," Araqchi told reporters before the start of the Tuesday afternoon meeting.

And then after the second session on Tuesday, a diplomatic source present in the negotiations said the delegations of the six world powers have shown a positive and constructive reaction to the details of Tehran's proposals.

"The atmosphere dominating the meeting was positive and constructive and the negotiations will continue tomorrow morning," a diplomatic source close to the Iranian delegation told FNA after the end of the second session of the Tuesday talks between Tehran and the G5+1.

"Both sides (Iran and the six world powers) showed a serious attitude during the meeting and negotiations and several questions and answers were asked and answered face-to-face," the source added.

The diplomat said the two sides discussed "the details of Iran's three-staged proposal" and "the Iranian side elaborated on its plan".


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