MOSCOW, September 24 (RIA Novosti) – Progress achieved during this week’s talks in New York between a group of international mediators and Tehran could be crucial for reaching a final agreement aimed at limiting the Iranian nuclear program, Michael Mann, the spokesman for EU foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton, said Wednesday.
#IranTalksNYC aims at makg progress on core issues of a potential comprehensive solution focusing in partic on enrichment & sanctions relief— Michael Mann (@EUHighRepSpox) 24 сентября 2014
New York is currently hosting talks between Tehran and the so-called P5+1 group of international mediators, comprising Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and the United States. During talks held in Geneva in November 2013, the parties agreed to reach a deal guaranteeing the peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program by July 2014. The deadline for the agreement was subsequently moved to November 2014.
The West and Israel accuse Iran of attempting to develop nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear program. Tehran argues that its nuclear development is aimed purely at meeting the country’s growing energy needs and achieving other peaceful goals.