By Dalga Khatinoglu
Iran and world powers will hold the next round of nuclear negotiations on Nov.18, a week before expiring interim nuclear deal.
The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Michael Mann wrote on his Twitter that additional meetings in E3+3 framework to be scheduled before November 18.
E 3+3, or P5+1 implies six world powers including the U.S., UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany who has been carrying out nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Mann announced that E3+3, led by Ashton, will meet Iranian counterparts, led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Vienna on Nov.18.
Iran and the P5+1 group achieved an interim nuclear accord on November 24, 2013, which came on force in Jan.20 for six months. The sides expanded the interim accord for four months in July to Nov.24 due to lacking agreement on the comprehensive nuclear deal.
Before Nov.18 meeting, Iran’s Foreign Minister, US Secretary of State John Kerry and outgoing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will hold trilateral meeting on November 9-10 in Oman.
According to interim nuclear accord, Iran imposed some restrictions over nuclear activities, including activation new centrifuges as well as converting its enriched uranium stockpile to nuclear fuel, instead, the West eased some sanctions on Iran.
The U.S. State Department’s Persian Language Spokesperson Alan Eyre told Trend on Oct. 27 that Iran and P5+1 had reached “significant progress” in the nuclear talks, but there is still “hard work” ahead.