Iran, world powers continue N-talks in Geneva

Geneva, Nov 22: The talks over Iran's controversial nuclear programme continued among five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany for a second day here.

The second day (Thursday) featured a series of close-door, intensive meetings, Xinhua reported Friday.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who represented the P5+1 group - namely Britain, China, France, Russia and the US plus Germany - during the talks, met with Mohammad Javad-Zarif, head of the Iranian delegation.

The new round of talks which began Wednesday is the third round of negotiations.

The meetings were "substantial and detailed" with both sides seeking further progress, Ashton's spokesperson Michael Mann said.

A senior US official said on condition of anonymity Wednesday evening that the focus of this round of talks is to get into details of "a possible first-step agreement and the parameters of a comprehensive agreement, and to see if we can narrow the remaining gaps necessary to conclude such an agreement".

The new round of talks which began Wednesday is the third round of negotiations between Iran and the six major countries in more than a month.

In the last round of talks that began Nov 7 and lasted for three days, the two sides failed to reach a deal.


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