TEHRAN, YJC. Marie Harf has said nuclear talks with Iran have so far proved useful and constructive.
US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf has described the nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers in the Austrian capital, Vienna as "constructive and useful” .
Harf said on Wednesday that the Vienna talks between Iran and the Six Major Powers are making progress. The negotiations are part of efforts to reach a final and permanent agreement on Tehran’s nuclear energy program.
Negotiators discussed "both process and substance,” she said.
The talks, which commenced on Tuesday, were presided over by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. Zarif and Ashton are due to hold a press conference later on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said that Tehran and the six countries had finalized a framework for comprehensive talks to reach a final agreement.
The Iranian nuclear negotiator said that the talks were held in a positive atmosphere.
He also said that Iran and its opposite negotiating team would hold a new round of talks from March 17 to 20 in Vienna.
The talks in Vienna mark the first round of high-level negotiations held between Tehran and the six world powers after they clinched a landmark interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, 2013.
On February 20, Iran’s senior nuclear negotiator and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said "There is a framework conceived for further talks and the agenda on hand.”