Zarif and Kerry at Iran nuclear talks in Geneva 370.
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Iran announced Wednesday that they have appointed two additional supervisors to 'better control and coordinate the decisions taken by the Iranian team of negotiators' during nuclear talks with the six world powers, semi-official Iranian news agency Fars reported.
"Given the results obtained in the first stage of the Geneva agreements, a decision was made to add two more individuals to the team of officials (who supervise the nuclear negotiators) to specify each and every detail for the negotiating team,” member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Esmayeel Kosari told Fars News Agency.
Kosari said under the new conditions, the Iranian negotiating team operates through coordination with the supervising team. “This measure has been adopted because the negotiations didn’t move in our interest much in the first stage.”
The third round of talks between technical experts from the permanent UN Security Council members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany, are set to resume in early 2014.
They began work on Dec. 9 but Iran broke off the talks in protest at the US blacklisting an additional 19 Iranian companies and individuals under existing sanctions.
Iranian officials said the move violated the spirit of the deal but US officials said it did not breach the agreement.
Iran rejects Western fears that its nuclear work has any military intentions and says it needs nuclear power for electricity generation and medical research.