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Iran only to accept single-stage deal: Afkham

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 4, IRNA -- Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokeswomen Marzieh Afkham said on Wednesday that Iran would not accept a two-stage nuclear agreement with the world powers.

We will accept an agreement in a single-stage manner, all its details should be clear and it should contain no ambiguities, she said in a weekly press conference.

She added that the time for a nuclear deal would be ripe only when all the dimensions of the agreement including level of enrichment, nuclear sites, research and development and removal of sanctions are clarified.

Iran and G5+1 member states are discussing the legal and technical dimensions. The two sides have also political talks to resolve the remaining issues, Afkham noted.

She said that Iran wants removal of all sanctions and it is serious about this demand.

The new round of talks between Iran and US in Montreux comes as representatives from Iran and the United States held three rounds of intense negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva on February 22-23 to bridge their differences ahead of a key July 1 deadline for reaching a comprehensive deal.

Iran and the G5+1 countries – Britain, France, China, Russia, and the United States plus Germany – are in talks to narrow their differences on outstanding issues related to Iran's nuclear energy program.

The two sides have missed two deadlines since an interim deal was signed in November 2013. They have set July 1 as the next deadline for the talks.

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