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Russia says ‘no crisis or setback’ in Iran nuclear talks; experts continue work

June 04, 2015, 19:57 UTC+3
No dates have been set yet for further meetings involving political directors from the six powers and Tehran
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VIENNA, June 4. /TASS/. Negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program reveal no signs of a crisis or a setback, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Thursday.

Ryabkov told TASS that in the current round of talks between Iran and six world powers in Vienna, "not many concrete agreements have been reached".

"We have to face a situation that is quite usual for talks on difficult issues, when the stakes are high and the price for steps towards each other is growing," he said, noting however that this meant "neither a setback nor a crisis."

"There are no signs of a rethink of what has been agreed earlier," the diplomat said.

At the same time, Ryabkov added that "there is a sense that we are running out of time".

"We mustn't lose a day if want to successfully complete negotiations within the established deadline," he said, noting that experts from Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Russia, China and Britain "will continue work today and tomorrow".

No dates have been set yet for further meetings involving political directors from the six powers and Tehran but "a decision will be made in coming days", Ryabkov said.

Following a negotiating marathon in Switzerland in early April, Iran and the six powers - the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany - began the difficult process of finalising by June 30 a historic deal that could end 12 years of negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear programme.

The Vienna talks on June 4 brought together senior foreign ministry officials, nuclear and other experts representing Iran and the P5+1 group.

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