‘Very good progress’ at Iran talks, says EU

By The Citizen

The EU has reported “very good progress” at talks with Iran on the implementation of a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme.

The issue was now “under validation at political level in capitals”, the EU’s External Action Service said.

Earlier Iran’s deputy foreign minister was quoted as telling state media all outstanding issues had been resolved.

In November Iran agreed a deal to freeze its nuclear programme in return for sanctions being eased.

In recent weeks Iranian negotiators have been meeting with representatives of the “P5+1″ group (US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany) to discuss how technical details of the deal would be implemented.

“We found solutions for all the points of disagreement,” Iran’s deputy Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister earlier told state television, according to AFP.

However, Mr Araqchi also said implementation of the agreement depended “on the final ratification of the capitals”.

He added that no further meetings at expert level were planned for the moment.

For its part the US state department also said “good progress” had been made.

“There have been a few outstanding issues, but at this point, the reports that everything has been finalised are incorrect,” state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, according to Reuters. Reuters ##