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Predicting outcome of nuclear talks difficult: Official

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 25, IRNA -- Senior member of Iranian nuclear negotiating team Majid Takht-e Ravanchi on Wednesday said that it is difficult to predict the outcome of the next round of nuclear talks due to begin in the Swiss city of Lausanne later in the day.

Takht-e Ravanchi said that clinching a deal depends on the resolve of the other side. 'They have to accept the realities…and set aside their sanction policies,' he said.

Takht-e Ravanchi, who was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a commemoration ceremony for the late mother of President Hassan Rouhani at Tehran's Shahid Motahhari Seminary, said the negotiations have now reached a stage that need serious decisions.

The deputy foreign minister for Euro-American affairs said that the gaps have been narrowed but one or two differences still remain in place.

Asked whether anything other than the nuclear case will be discussed in nuclear talks, Takht-e Ravanchi said that the talks are centered on the nuclear issue.

'We are not allowed to raise any other issue and will not allow the other side to do so,' he said.

The Iranian nuclear negotiating team led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will depart for Lausanne to hold a fresh round of talks with the six world powers – known as the P5+1.

Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) hope to reach a political understanding by the end of March and clinch a comprehensive deal by a self-imposed June 30 deadline.

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