Iran and six other countries have started the second day of a new round of talks in the Swiss city of Geneva over the Islamic Republicâ€™s nuclear energy program.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton started the second day of the talks by holding a one-on-one meeting in Geneva on Thursday.
Iran and the six other countries – the US, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany – are working to resolve the Western standoff over the Iranian nuclear energy program.
Zarif, who is Iranâ€™s highest-ranking representative at the talks, and Ashton, who is leading the teams from the six other countries, had held a first bilateral meeting on Wednesday.
After the Wednesday meeting between Zarif and Ashton, the deputy foreign ministers of Iran and the six countries held a plenary session of negotiations.
In a Wednesday message on his Facebook page, which was also carried by IRNA, Zarif said that â€œserious and detailed talksâ€ with Ashton on a potential â€œfinal agreementâ€ will start on Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, responding on Thursday to a question by a Press TV journalist on how the talks were proceeding, Iranâ€™s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who is also a member of the Iranian negotiating team, said that it was still too soon to confirm anything.
â€œItâ€™s still too soon to confirm anything but this is a principle we have already agreed upon that any measures that should be taken by each side should be equal and balanced with the measures that the other side should take,â€ he said.
â€œSo, the first step and the last step and everything [about] which we come to an agreement should be balanced and … reciprocal. So I hope that this principle can be applied to the negotiations and there would be no agreement without this,â€ he added.
He also said that the two sides still have â€œmajor differencesâ€ but expressed optimism that diplomacy would bring about a deal.
The previous round of the talks had been held in Geneva on November 7-10.