Iran, Sextet to hold final consultations in Vienna on Iranian nuclear dossier

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Iran and the Sextet (five Permanent Members of the UN Security Council, and Germany) are entering the finishing straight to which they have been so zealously approaching throughout the past six months ever since the provisional plan for joint actions came into effect to monitor Tehran’s nuclear program.

Following five rounds of consultations, the political directors of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Sextet countries meet here again on Wednesday to overcome, before the July 20 deadline, the remaining differences, put them on paper, and fix the document which must close the “Iranian nuclear dossier” once and for all. In other words, they must guarantee that Tehran’s nuclear program is exclusively of peaceful nature and that Tehran lacks possibility of developing nuclear weapons, and lift all the existing unilateral and international sanctions against Iran.

It is planned that the final round will continue until July 15 at least. If required, the sides would carry on consultations right up to the July 20 target date. The Russian delegation will be led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Ryabkov.

A diplomatic source close to the talks told Itar-Tass that the political directors would be in session in Vienna until the end of the week and would then, most likely, leave the scene, giving the floor to experts. Later on, they will return here to sum up the results of the final round. Ryabkov pointed out previously that at the stage when it would be necessary “to make complex political decisions”, Foreign ministers might also join in the negotiating process.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov met with Iranian Ambassador in Moscow Mehdi Sanaei on Monday, June 30, to discuss the preparation of the next round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group (five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany). The talks are scheduled to resume in Vienna on July 2.

Ryabkov said earlier that the agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group should have time limits, after which all restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program must be lifted.

“Russia believes that after the situation surrounding the Iranian nuclear program has normalized, there should be no restrictions on the nuclear program left,” he said.

Ryabkov could not say, however, how much time this would take. “There is no such understanding,” he added.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has “tested and effective solutions” to use in this case. “Crucial are the so-called expanded conclusions on the absence of undeclared nuclear material and nuclear activities. But I can’t judge whether this would be enough for this is a unique operation,” Ryabkov said.

He stressed that “finding a common denominator” was the main difficulty at the current talks.

Ryabkov said Iran and the six world powers had not come anywhere near an agreement on the number of centrifuges in Iran.

“This is an issue that is on the negotiating table right now and w e have not come anywhere close to resolving it,” he said, TASS reports.

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