Monday, December 23, 2013

Iran and World Powers Pause Nuclear Talks for Christmas

Slow Progress in Implementation of Geneva Agreement – Different “Interpretation”
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and the EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton decided today to postpone the Geneva agreement implementation talks until after Christmas holidays.

“During a telephone conversation (between Zarif and Ashton), it was agreed to continue the negotiations, but with the Christmas holidays in sight it was decided to interrupt and resume (the talks) a week after the holidays," said Abbas Araqchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister and a member of nuclear negotiating team. (IRNA/Reuters, 22 December)

The implementation talks between Iran and P5+1 ended abruptly when the Iranian delegation walked out in protest to an American decision to add 19 new Iranian entities to the existing sanctions still in effect. The talk’s resumption and its progress generally have been slow because of what Araqchi described as different “interpretations” of points of the agreement between Iran and world powers that was signed in Geneva on 24 November.

“The talks on implementing the accord are not easy. They are progressing, but slowly,” Zarif told a joint news conference on Sunday with visiting Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino.

"I hope all sides will avoid delving into issues that could become troublesome and complicate the process," Zarif added without elaborating. (Reuters, 22 December)

1 comment:

B.M.A said...

ALONG the way!,somewhere on a sharp bend, the Empire will loose the argument, and find that the only option is to grab the cup of poison !!.-BUT before that time comes, She has a lot of tantrums -threats and cruel jokes!!.
Patience is the only noble weapon to win her heart!!