Final nuclear deal needs serious efforts by Sextet: Araqchi
Iran Press TV
Mon Jun 9, 2014 3:30PM GMT
A top Iranian nuclear negotiator has called on the Sextet of world powers to devote serious efforts to narrowing differences with Tehran in the course of the ongoing nuclear talks.
Speaking to reporters in Geneva on Monday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi noted that Iran and the Sextet still have disagreements in different areas.
"Great efforts must be devoted to bringing the viewpoints closer and the other sides must make difficult decisions," he said.
Araqchi pointed to Iran's planned bilateral talks with some of the members of the Sextet before the next round of nuclear negotiations in Vienna on June 16-20 and said that the meetings are aimed at holding more detailed and elaborate consultations to further examine various alternatives and narrow the differences.
Representatives from Iran and the United States kicked off their two-day bilateral nuclear negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva on Monday afternoon.
Iranian officials will sit down with Russian diplomats in the Italian capital, Rome, on June 11-12, and are also likely to meet French and German negotiators separately before June 16.
Araqchi noted that in the Vienna talks the two sides are expected to discuss the details and start drafting the final nuclear agreement.
He expressed optimism that the final agreement will be achieved before the end of the six-month duration of the Geneva interim nuclear agreement and noted that unless the issue is finalized, the two sides will have to extend the deal for another six-month term.
"It is still too soon to judge whether or not there is a need for an extension of the Geneva agreement. There is still optimism that we can achieve the final deal before the termination of the six-month term of the Geneva deal," Araqchi pointed out.
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