Iran says nuclear talks to resume in Geneva Wednesday

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi (C) is surrounded by journalists following a press conference after a day of talks on Iran's nuclear programme, on November 10, 2013 in Geneva, SwitzerlandIran will resume negotiations with world powers in Geneva next week aimed at reaching a deal over Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme, its deputy foreign minister said Thursday. Top-level talks will begin on Wednesday, December 17, with meetings at the deputy minister level taking place two days earlier, state news agency IRNA quoted Abbas Araqchi as saying. A final agreement is aimed at ensuring Tehran will never develop nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian activities, and would lift international sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy.

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