• Iran in talks to prepare for six-power meeting


    VIENNA: Iranian negotiators hold this week a series of meetings in Vienna meant to lay the groundwork for substantial progress in talks with world powers in Geneva on November 7 to 8.

    On Monday, United Nations atomic watchdog head Yukiya Amano will meet Abbass Araqchi, deputy foreign minister and Tehran’s chief nuclear negotiator in Iran’s fresh diplomatic push under new President Hassan Rouhani.

    The same day, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will hold separate talks with Iranian officials on allegations that prior to 2003, and possibly since, Tehran carried out nuclear weapons research.

    Then on Wednesday and Thursday, a seven-member expert Iranian team will meet with counterparts from the six powers—the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany—to prepare the groundwork for the Geneva gathering.



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