The United States says American and Iranian officials held “a constructive discussion” over Tehran’s nuclear energy program in the Swiss city of Geneva.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi met with US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in Geneva on Thursday to discuss ways to bridge differences in the course of talks over Tehran’s nuclear work.
“It was, I would say, a constructive discussion,” US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters in Washington. “We’re not going to get into details,” she added.
The Thursday talks was the first round of negotiations between the two sides after Vienna negotiations during which Iran and the P5+1 countries agreed to extend a July 20 deadline to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement.
The US official also said that Iran and the P5+1 will hold talks ahead of this September’s UN General Assembly in New York, adding, however, that the location for that meeting has yet to be decided.
Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Wednesday that talks between Tehran and the Sextet of world powers over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program may resume before September.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany have been holding talks to sort out their differences and achieve a final deal that would end the decade-old dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program.
They sealed an interim deal in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 23, 2013. The deal came into force in January and expired six months later.
In July, the two sides agreed on the extension of their discussions until November 24 in an effort to achieve a permanent nuclear deal.