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Thursday, June 26, 2014, 10:27
Russia warns UN experts against scuttling Iran deal
By Reuters

 Russia warns UN experts against scuttling Iran deal
Russian UN Representative Vitaly Churkin speaks at a press conference at the United Nations on June 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo / AFP)

UNITED NATIONS - Russia's UN envoy on Wednesday said the next round of talks between Iran and six world powers will be a two-week marathon session, while warning a panel of UN sanctions experts not to sabotage the final phase of the delicate negotiations.

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told the Security Council that the negotiations are scheduled to run from July 2 to July 15 in Vienna. Other senior officials close to the talks confirmed the talks are expected to last two weeks, as a July 20 deadline for a long-term deal approaches.

Speaking about the previous round of negotiations, June 16 to 20, Churkin said "it was very useful and confirmed the overall readiness to continue cooperating in a constructive vein." He predicted that their readiness for cooperation would continue in the talks beginning next week.

The long period set aside for the negotiations between Iran and the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany may be an indication both of how difficult it will be to overcome the differences between Tehran and the six - and the parties' determination to get a deal.

The stakes are high in the talks resuming on July 2, as the powers seek a negotiated solution to a more-than-decade-long standoff with Iran that has raised fears of a new Middle East war and a regional nuclear arms race.

Churkin sharply criticized the UN Panel of Experts on Iran, which monitors compliance with the Security Council's sanctions regime, saying "any information not backed up by concrete facts ... could have a negative impact on the conduct of negotiations of the group of six and Iran."

Churkin iterated Russia's commitment to a positive outcome of the nuclear talks.

 
 
 
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