Iran and world powers to draft a long-term agreement on Tehran's nuclear programme
Iran and world powers will begin work drafting a long-term settlement of Iran's disputed nuclear programme at expert-level talks in New York next month.
During the May 5-9 meeting, the P5+1 world powers and Iran will start "writing draft of comprehensive agreements which will be a complex and difficult work," said senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi, according to state news agency IRNA.
Hamid Baeedinejad, Director General for the Political and International Affairs Department of Foreign Ministry, will head Iran's team at talks on the sidelines of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review preliminary committee meeting, IRNA said.
The United States, France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia have agreed a July 20 deadline with Iran to clinch a long-term deal that would allow a gradual lifting of all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran over its atomic programme.
Yesterday, Iran's vice-president, Ali Akbar Salehi, was quoted by state television as saying one of the key issues in the talks, the capacity of Iran's heavy water reactor at Arak, has been "virtually resolved" since Tehran is willing to redesign the reactor.
"Iran has offered a proposal to redesign the heart of the Arak facility and these six countries have agreed to that," Salehi said.