Seyed Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht Ravanchi
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to be accompanied by two of his deputies will take part in the talks with the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany), a source revealed on Saturday.
"Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi and Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi will be present in Iran's new nuclear (negotiation) team," an informed source at the Iranian foreign ministry told FNA on the condition of anonymity.
“The team of negotiators is a collection of colleagues at foreign ministry and experts of the relevant bodies who will be chosen on the basis of their commitment to the approach of the Government of Hope and Vision (as it has been labeled by President Rouhani since he started his presidential campaign) to international relations and also having an expert view about nuclear issue,” Zarif said.
The restructuring of the team of negotiators started after President Hassan Rouhani shifted the leading role in nuclear talks with the world powers from the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) to the country’s foreign ministry.The Rouhani administration appears to be assembling an "A-Team" of nuclear negotiators. There's great pressure on this new administration to deliver a deal that maintains Iran's nuclear rights and national sovereignty, and alleviates sanctions but still somehow provides the U.S. led position with its demands of Iran not possessing dual-use nuclear technology. On the face of it, this looks to be irreconcilable, hence the need for an "A-Team."