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Zarif: Objective, reaching agreement in shortest possible time

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Nov 25, IRNA -- We do not intend to use the whole period of extended 7 months for negotiations, but to reach comprehensive final agreement within the shortest possible time, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said here Monday night.

"The efforts made in the course of the past year have led to the presentation of various solutions today at our disposal, enabling us to draw the perspective of the final comprehensive agreement near at hand," Zarif said in a press conference after the issuance of his joint communiqué with Catherine Ashton.

Zarif reiterated that those various and possible solutions are for making sure that the Iranian nuclear program will remain peaceful on the one hand, and the unjustly imposed sanctions will be properly lifted and they can be viewed amid the existence of certain differences of opinion.

"The Vienna negotiations contributed greatly to the progress in this path and this extension is aimed at providing a short while for reaching agreement," he reiterated.

The IRNA reported referred to the US Secretary of State John Kerry's comment that the world is a safer place today than it was last year, asking Zarif his idea on his US counterpart's comment.

"We are glad that the world has less concerns, but regarding the Iranian nuclear program, there was actually no reason to be worries, as it had both initially, and always, been peaceful," replied Zarif.

He said that creating worries about the Iranian peaceful nuclear program at the international scene was the objective pursued by a certain group, but such propagations do not sell well in the world today.

"Last year we remained fully committed to our accepted duties and that was the best way to defeat the Iranophobia project. Today the Iranian nuclear program is internationally recognized and no one speaks about our enrichment right, and these are successes achieved by the nation under their leadership's guidance of the efforts made by their elected Prudence and Hope Government," he said.

He said that both sides wished to tell the press that the political agreement was achieved right today, but it was necessary to further discuss the minute details and the complicated technical points.

"We were sure that at least for completing drafting the text we needed more time," Zarif added.

He added that achieving a greater extent of progress was possible, but the achieved extent, too, is quite noteworthy.

"Any minister that left the session said that the achieved progress was noteworthy and achieving agreement is possible, which is something that one year ago even wishing for it seemed a remote possibility," he reiterated.

The Iranian foreign minister reiterated that Iran and the Sextet have reached a good point and will continue the same method to achieve a good result.


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