Discussions in Vienna on uranium enrichment and sanctions fail to produce deal
VIENNA – The fourth round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers aimed at reaching a permanent settlement to Tehran’s controversial nuclear program has ended with no signs of progress.
Officials said on Friday that no agreement has been made after four day of negotiations in Vienna, headed by the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, and Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif.
“No progress has been made, but talks will continue,” Iran’s deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi told reporters.
The first three rounds of negotiations were used to exchange opinions and ideas, while the fourth round was established to finalize an agreement, according to Araqchi.
“There were still differences between the sides,” said Araqchi, "But further rounds of talks will still take place in June.”
The U.S, Great Britain, France, China, Russia plus Germany on one side, and Iran on the other, discussed uranium enrichment, nuclear cooperation, sanctions and heavy-water reactors.
The exact date of the fifth round of negotiations has yet to be decided.
Under a deal reached in Geneva on 24 November, 2013, 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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