P5+1 - Iran nuclear talks continue in Vienna

Western sanctions against Tehran to continue, says EU spokesman

Western sanctions against Tehran to continue, says EU spokesman

VIENNA – Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers continued Wednesday with a second day of talks aimed at reaching a permanent settlement to Tehran’s controversial nuclear program.

The Vienna meetings were headed by the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, and Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The U.S, Great Britain, France, China, Russia plus Germany on one side and Iran on the other are discussing uranium enrichment, nuclear cooperation, sanctions and heavy-water reactors.

“These are very sensitive and complex issues," Ashton’s spokesperson Michael Mann told reporters.

“It will not be easy to fix elements of a possible agreement," he added.

Mann said the two sides are determined to reach an agreement but sanctions against Tehran will continue.

The world powers are aiming to curb Iran's nuclear activities as it seeks an end to sanctions which threaten to cripple its economy.

Under a deal reached on November 24, 2013, in Geneva, Western countries agreed to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for it agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities for a six-month period.

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