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U.S. Negotiating Team Heads to Geneva for Bilateral Talks with Iranian Officials

A U.S. negotiating team led by Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman travels to Geneva on February 19 for talks with Iranian officials over Tehran’s nuclear activities.

The State Department said in a February 18 statement, “These bilateral consultations will take place in the context of the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran, led by EU Special Advisor Cathy Ashton."

Washington said Deputy Secretary General for the EU's External Action Service Helga Schmid will join the bilateral meetings.

An Iranian diplomat was quoted as saying Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will join the Geneva talks from February 22.

Six global powers -- the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia, and Germany -- are negotiating with Iran a deal that would rein in Tehran's nuclear program, reducing Western fears that the Islamic nation could develop nuclear weapons, in exchange for relief from sanctions that are hurting its economy.

The sides have agreed to seek a political framework agreement by March and a comprehensive deal by June 30.