Jul 23, 2014, 1:22 PM
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Iran-G5+1 extension of talks shows political desire: Afkham

Tehran, July 23, IRNA – Iran and G5+1 demonstrated their political desire by extending the nuclear talks to reach a final deal, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said on Wednesday.

Addressing her weekly press conference, she reiterated that Tehran’s enrichment capacity, the Arak heavy-water reactor, and the sanctions against the country are the main sticking points in the talks between Iran and the major world powers.

Citing early September as the approximate time for resumption of the talks between Iran and G5+1, she added that the exact date and place of the negotiations have not been fixed. She also said that an expert level meeting will be held before the September talks.

Afkham noted that based on the agreement between Iran and G5+1, suspension of anti-Iranian sanctions would continue and there would be no more sanctions on Iran.

She added that extension of the negotiations is the outcome of the two sides' desire for continuing a course which started from Geneva and reached a more complicated level later in Vienna.

Answering a question regarding replacement of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, she noted that as far as Tehran is informed, she will retain her position until the end of the negotiations. "Since Ashton is familiar with the nuclear talks, her presence in the upcoming talks could be helpful."

She asserted that the Geneva Interim Agreement had a positive impact on Iran's collaboration with the world.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany agreed on the extension of their talks until November 24 with a view to achieving a Comprehensive Agreement.

Both sides have said they have reached common ground on many key issues after six rounds of marathon discussions in the Austrian capital of Vienna this year, but some serious gaps remain to be narrowed.

The two sides sealed a landmark interim deal in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 24, 2013. The agreement took effect on January 20.

Under the deal, dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for a curb on Iran's uranium enrichment for a six-month period.