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Timetable Reached for Iran Nuclear Talks

Expert-level talks will kick off next month.

Catherine Ashton, the E.U.'s foreign policy chief, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke to reporters on Thursday.(DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

photo of Jordain Carney
February 20, 2014

Officials said on Thursday they have agreed to a timetable and framework for the talks aimed at reaching a long-term agreement over Iran's nuclear program.

Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that expert-level talks would start next month. Delegations from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China, and Iran will also meet on March 17.

A senior U.S. official told The New York Times that "every issue of concern to us is on the table," including Iran's uranium enrichment and ballistic missiles.

 

The official added that a final agreement must also make it clear that Iran's nuclear program cannot be used, or intended, for the military.

Speaking at a press conference, Ashton called this week's round of talks "very productive," and said they "identified all the issues we need to address to reach a comprehensive and final agreement."

Meetings have been planned for the next four months, and Ashton could travel to Iran before the March 17 meeting.

Officials reached a six-month interim agreement in November, which was implemented in January. Though the agreement sets the deadline for reaching a final deal on Iran's nuclear program for late July, if officials from all countries involved agree, the timeline can be extended.

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