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    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov commented on the talks on Iran nuclear deal, saying that the negotiations look very promising and the sides have agreed to the next round of negotiations at the level of deputy foreign ministers in mid-January.

    GENEVA, December 17 (Sputnik) — The talks between Tehran and the group of six international mediators on Iran's nuclear program look very promising as the sides continue bridging their differences, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Wednesday.

    "In general, we have accomplished a lot in all aspects, and even in areas where the differences still remain we continue to come closer in our positions," Ryabkov, who is Russia's envoy at the talks said.

    "I think that the talks are looking promising," the diplomat said, following a fresh round of Iran nuclear talks in Geneva.

    Ryabkov also said that the sides agreed to the next round of negotiations at the level of deputy foreign ministers in mid-January.

    "The place is still being coordinated with the Iranian delegation," Ryabkov said.

    Earlier in the day, the deputy Foreign Minister said that an agreement on Iran's nuclear program would boost global security and expressed hope that there would be no rollback in the talks.

    The P5+1 group of six world powers, comprising Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China and Germany joined diplomatic efforts back in 2006 in an attempt to reach a deal with the Tehran authorities, assuring the peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program.

    The round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group held in November in Vienna shortly before the previously announced deadline did not produce a comprehensive deal on Iran's nuclear program and the sides agreed to continue the discussions until July 2015.

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