Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his US counterpart John Kerry had a brief bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the foreign ministerial meeting of the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, Germany, France and Britain plus Germany) on Thursday.
The talks between Zarif and Kerry focused on the effective implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The First Joint Iran-Group 5+1 commission meeting was held upon a request by Iran in New York.
The meeting discussed and decided about the results of negotiations between experts and deputy foreign minister that were held over past few days.
On Wednesday, a senior Iranian nuclear official said that the process of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) implementation will be discussed in the latest session of Iran-Group 5+1 joint commission which would be held in New York.
Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said the joint commission held its preliminary meeting at the level of deputy foreign ministers on September 21.
The ministerial meeting would be held on Thursday (September 22), Araqchi who also heads a special board monitoring implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) added.
During the preliminary meeting, Araqchi led the Iranian team while Deputy foreign policy chief of the European Union Helga Schmidt headed the other side.
Araqchi added that modernization of Arak Heavy Water Reactor, selling of heavy water, performance of working group assigned to produce nuclear fuel in Iran as well as the latest situation of Iran-Russia cooperation in Fordo nuclear facility were among major topics discussed in the meeting.
He said that the focal points discussed in the preliminary meeting were failure of the US and European countries to completely fulfill their commitments based on the nuclear deal as well as their procrastinations particularly in the banking sector and financial institutions in the post-JCPOA era.
The official noted that the US government delays in permitting the sell of Airbus and Boeing planes to Iran was also raised in the commission.
He stressed that American officials said they had issued parts of the permissions during the past two days and are to issue the rest of them ‘within the coming days.’
Araqchi underscored that the conclusion of the Wednesday meeting would be presented to the ministerial meeting on Thursday.