Jul 19, 2014, 5:40 AM
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Zarif, Ashton end talks, issue joint statement to extend talks

Vienna, July 19, IRNA – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton in a joint statement voiced their satisfaction over the trend of nuclear talks in Vienna, but meantime said that the talks need to be extended.

Due to certain differences over some fundamental issues the two sides agreed to extend the Joint Plan of Action by November 24.



The Persian text of the joint statement was read by Zarif and its English translation was read by Ashton for reporters in Vienna.



The two sides who presided the negotiating sides, emphasized at the end of Iran-G5+1 negotiations that they have held different sessions in different forms and in a constructive atmosphere to reach a final comprehensive agreement.



The full text of the joint statement signed by the negotiating sides in Vienna is as follows:



-We have decided together with the foreign ministers of the EU 3+3 to continue implementation of the measures of the Joint Plan of Action until November 24, 2014 according to timetable. Iran and EU 3+3 once again emphasize to continue implementation of all their commitments in the Joint Plan of Action in an effective and timely manner,



-We will hold our meetings in different formats in the coming weeks in order to reach an agreement on a joint plan of action in a decisive manner,



-We increased our efforts, including through active presence of foreign ministers and their deputies, to closely become familiar with the progress in talks,



-Although tangible advances have been made in some issues and we have acted jointly to write the text of joint plan of action, but we are still having meaningful differences on fundamental issues which needs further time and more efforts,



-We held different sessions in different forms and in a constructive atmosphere to reach a final and comprehensive agreement which would guarantee that Iran's nuclear program will always be peaceful. We and the political directors of EU3+3 (Britain, France, Germany, the US, Russia and China) intensively tried to reach a joint plan of action by making use of political acceleration resulting from approval and easy implementation of the joint plan of action back in November 24, 2013,



-we are thankful to the Austrian government and the UN for their extraordinary support for hosting these negotiations.



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