Zarif, Ashton to hold nuclear talks in Vienna next week

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An EU official says Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Ashton are to hold nuclear talks in Vienna next week.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, are set to meet next week over Tehran’s nuclear energy program, Ashton’s spokesman says.

Michael Mann said on Wednesday that Ashton will first hold bilateral talks with Zarif in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Tuesday, October 14.

“They (Ashton and Zarif) will be joined by US Secretary of State John Kerry for a trilateral meeting on Wednesday,” Mann added.

The remarks came hours after Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said preparations for a new round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 are underway.

Tehran’s nuclear negotiations with six world powers are making “slow progress,” but both sides have already developed an understanding that the talks must continue, she pointed out.

Afkham stated that there are still differences between the two sides and talks are continuing on the key issues.

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