Iran Nuclear Talks

Date: January 04, 2015

new Iran nuclear talks; P5+1; EU;US

EU, US confirm new Iran nuclear talks

The political directors of the (world powers) and Iran will meet again on 17 December 2014 in Geneva for a one-day meeting to continue diplomatic efforts towards reaching a long-term, comprehensive solution," it said in a statement on Friday.These bilateral consultations will take place in the context of the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran, led by EU special advisor Cathy Ashton.

The P5+1 group comprises the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany.

The US-Iran bilateral talks would be joined for part of the meeting by the EU's Helga Schmid, it added.

It will be the first time the sides have met since failing to meet a 24th November deadline for a full deal with Iran on reining in its nuclear programme in exchange for an easing of crippling international sanctions.

The global powers and Iran agreed to give themselves until 30th June to strike a deal, although they hope to have the broad outlines hammered out by March.

The EU's external affairs arm said the P5+1 talks in Geneva next week would be technical, not political.

Accordingly, Ashton, who chaired the talks previously and now serves as special Iran adviser to her successor Federica Mogherini, will not attend the talks, a spokeswoman said.

Mogherini announced Friday that Ashton would continue to lead the negotiations with Iran so as to ensure continuity.

A final agreement is aimed at ensuring Tehran will never develop nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian activities.

Iran denies that it is seeking the bomb and insists its nuclear activities are for solely peaceful purposes.