29 January 2020

No progress made in trilateral nuclear talks in Oman

KONFRONTASI-Senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi tells Press TV that no progress has yet been achieved in trilateral talks between Iran, the US, and the EU.

Speaking to Press TV correspondent on Monday, Abbas Araqchi said negotiations in the Omani capital Muscat were useful, however, no headway was made.

He added the process of striking a comprehensive deal needs “lots of goodwill.”

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, US Secretary of State John Kerry and EU negotiator, Catherine Ashton, wrapped up two days of discussions.

They were due to hold a joint press conference following the talks. However, it was canceled with no clear breakthrough in the discussions.

The US State Department spokeswoman said the talks were tough, direct and serious. Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington that the US remains focused on making progress, and there's still time to do so.

The negotiations were aimed at facilitating a final deal over Iran's nuclear energy program before the November 24 deadline.

The extent of Iran’s uranium enrichment as well as a timetable for the removal of US and EU sanctions were high on the agenda of the Oman negotiations.

Representatives of Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US - plus Germany will hold further talks at deputy level on Tuesday.[mr/ptv]



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