Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, who is also a member of the Iranian negotiating team, said this on Monday night, adding that the two sides are still holding discussions to finalize the time and place for the negotiations, media reported on Tuesday.

On Monday, an Iranian foreign ministry official said that Iran and the six world powers Russia, China, US, France, Britain and Germany would hold their next round of nuclear negotiations in New York in February.

US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf also said Monday the next round of the negotiations on a long-term nuclear agreement was expected to start next month in New York.

She said New York has been chosen because of its infrastructure which is similar to Geneva, the Swiss city that had hosted previous rounds of nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers.

"New York agreed to by European Union high representative [Catherine] Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister [Mohammad Javad] Zarif -- has a similar support infrastructure to Geneva," the US official said, adding that the "UN and international support is important for work on a comprehensive agreement".

On November 24, 2013, Iran and the six major world powers signed a nuclear accord in Geneva. The two sides started implementing the agreement on January 20.


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