Report: P5+1 delegates arrive in Baghdad ahead of Iran nuclear talks
According to Iranian state-run TV, representatives from Russia, China, France, Britain, the United States and Germany join EU's foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, following a newly announced IAEA-Iran deal.
Representatives of world powers participating in P5+1 talks arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday, ahead of a new round of Iran nuclear negotiations, Iran's state TV reported.
According to Press TV, delegates from Russia, China, France, Britain, the United States and Germany were joined the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton, who arrived earlier in the day.
The newest round of nuclear negotiations comes following an announcement made by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano on Tuesday that the United Nations nuclear watchdog had reached an agreement with Iran on probing suspected work on atomic weapons.
"(A) decision was made to conclude and sign the agreement... I can say it will be signed quite soon," Amano told reporters at Vienna airport after returning from Tehran.
Later Tuesday, a senior Israeli official downplayed the agreement, saying that Iran was known for violating past understandings regarding its contention nuclear program.
"The Iranians are serial agreement violators," said the official, adding: "We know from past experiences how all these agreements between the IAEA and Iran end. Iran continued to establish uranium enrichment facilities in Natanz under the nose of the international community. The IAEA's last report refers to the military intentions of Iran's nuclear program. North Korea has also reached agreements with the IAEA in the past, and this ended in two nuclear attempts."
Responding to Israeli skepticism concerning the deal, a western diplomat involved in the Baghdad talks said the newly formed deal would require Iran to take immediate and concrete steps, calling Israeli "cynicism unwarranted."