US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that he had a "good meeting" with his Iranian counterpart and a senior European Union official over Tehran's nuclear program ahead of July 20 deadline for an agreement, informs Reuters.
No agreement had been reached on the most important issues facing the Iran-US talks in Vienna so far, Iran's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abbas Araghchi, told journalists on Monday. "The negotiations with US Secretary of State John Kerry were difficult but useful," the diplomat noted. "However, there is still no progress on key issues".
US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif for a second day in a row on Monday to see if he can make progress on reaching a deal on Tehran's nuclear program before a June 20 deadline, a US official said. Kerry would "gauge Iran's willingness to make the critical choices it needs to make," the senior State Department official said.
The talks between the P5+1 countries and Iran on Tehran's controversial nuclear program are approaching the climax as the latest, and decisive, round of negotiations has begun on Thursday, June 3. Many hope that the comprehensive agreement could be struck before the fast approaching July 20 deadline set by the interim accord in November.
Iran and world powers are yet to find common ground on the main issues in nuclear talks aimed at reaching a comprehensive agreement, Tehran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Friday, AFP reports.
Iran said on Monday that world powers were "demanding too much" in negotiations aimed at reaching a deal on Tehran's nuclear program by a July deadline, but hurdles could be overcome, Reuters reporst. Tehran and six world powers made little progress in the latest round of talks earlier this month in Vienna on ending their stand-off, raising doubts about the chances of a breakthrough by July 20.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are to meet Monday in Istanbul to review progress on negotiations toward a nuclear deal, media reports said, according to AFP. The previously unannounced two-day meeting comes after fruitless talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna earlier this month when no "tangible progress" was made ahead of a July 20 deadline.
Despite the lengthy antagonism between the Saudis and Iranians, Rouhani's election seems to have ushered in a new era in the countries' relations, with many experts pointing to a tangible possibility of a political dialog between the two. Prof. Anoush Ehteshami, the Director of HH Sheikh Nasser al-Sabah Research Programme at the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, UK, elaborates on the subject in an interview to radio VR.
Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif fought back against increasingly scathing criticism from hardliners, saying Tuesday that his pragmatic approach to diplomacy had stolen Israel's thunder. After years of bellicose rhetoric from ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Zarif said the new government had managed to put an end to Israel's portrayal of Iran "as a danger" over its nuclear ambitions.
The Islamic Republic and six world powers- United States, France, Russia, China, Britain and Germany, coordinated by EU's foreign chief Catherine Ashton, will hold a new round of talks in Vienna on Tuesday and Wednesday intended to reach a comprehensive agreement by July 20 on how to resolve a decade-old standoff that has stirred fears of a Middle East war, as reported by Reuters.
Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday he sees "signs" of reaching a comprehensive nuclear agreement with world powers, Fars news agency reported.
The UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, arrived in Tehran on Sunday for talks on the Syria crisis with top Iranian officials, media reports said. The Fars news agency said he would meet President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and other officials during his three-day visit.
Iranian newspapers on Monday welcomed European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's weekend visit to Tehran although her focus on human rights came under criticism.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will visit Iran on Saturday, the official IRNA news agency quoted Iran's deputy foreign minister as saying.
Russian foreign affairs chief Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, have held phone talks on the first results of Tehran’s nuclear deal with a group of six international mediators. This is according to the Russian foreign office.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday rejected as "worthless" a US claim that Tehran has no need for some of its nuclear facilities, media reported.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton intends to pay the first official visit to Iran in early MArch, Iranian news agency ISNA reported on Wednesday.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif criticized the US this Tuesday, saying that the US government distorted the details of the agreement between Iran and the six international mediators concerning Tehran's nuclear issue, the Iranian agency IRNA reports.
Iran will never launch a military operation against anyone, the country's foreign minister, Javad Mohammad Zarif, said on Monday during a visit to Berlin.
An agreement on Iran's nuclear programme is possible within six months if there is good will, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday, adding that he was not worried about the US Congress trying to impose new sanctions.