Final nuclear deal possible if six powers realistic: Zarif
Iran Press TV
Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:44PM GMT
The Iranian foreign minister says if the six world powers enter the next round of nuclear talks with Iran on the basis of logic and realism, a comprehensive deal can be struck.
"If the opposite side enters the talks with realism, a final agreement is possible," Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters upon his arrival in Vienna on Monday, adding that if the six countries act illogically, Iran will take measures to protect the nation's rights.
He said Iran and the six countries – the US, the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China – have held several rounds of discussions over the past months and are now expected to gradually start drafting the text of the comprehensive agreement on Tehran's nuclear energy program.
Zarif noted that the fifth round of talks under the administration of President Hassan Rouhani would begin on Monday with a lunch banquet to be attended by EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, who leads the team from the six countries during the nuclear negotiations. The Iranian negotiating team will later in the day hold a trilateral meeting with US negotiators.
The top Iranian negotiator said the two sides still have differences of opinion about the nuclear issue, adding, "After the end of this stage, we will still have another one-month opportunity and I feel that if the other side is ready for serious negotiations, an agreement is possible."
Iran and the six countries have been discussing ways to iron out their differences and start drafting a final deal that would end the West's dispute with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program.
In November 2013, the two sides signed an interim nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Geneva that came into force on January 20. The pact expires on July 20, but can be extended.
Iran has held several rounds of bilateral nuclear talks with the US, France, Russia and Germany ahead of the upcoming round of nuclear negotiations.
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