White House: Success of talks depends on Iran
Iran Press TV
Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:8PM
The United States says it is optimistic that Iran and the P5+1 can reach a nuclear deal as a self-imposed end-March deadline approaches, but success of talks depends on Tehran.
In an interview with ABC on Sunday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, "Ultimately, the president believes that we should be able to... reach an agreement by the end of March if one is doable."
He added that "it's time for the Iranians to send a clear signal to the international community about whether or not they are willing to make the serious commitments required."
He further said that "if they can make those commitments, they should be able to do that by the end of March."
Iran and the P5+1 – the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – are engaged in intense negotiations to work out a comprehensive agreement aimed at ending the longstanding dispute over the Islamic Republic's civilian nuclear work. The two sides have set July 1 as the deadline for a final agreement.
Sources close to the Iranian negotiating team say the main stumbling block to resolving the Western dispute over Iran's nuclear issue is the timetable for the lifting of anti-Iran sanctions.
On Friday, US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Iran to take the steps to resolve the remaining issues. 'Iran must make the decisions necessary to resolve several remaining issues."
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters on Friday in the Swiss city of Lausanne, where talks are being held, that the two sides were not close to an agreement, and that the 'other side needs to choose between pressure and political accord.'
"The reason why I emphasize the other side's political will is that the Islamic Republic of Iran has the political will at the highest levels, at the level of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] and at the level of President [Hassan Rouhani]," he added.
"Therefore we have no doubts on the existence of political will from our side, we have to see the same political will, the same seriousness and the same convergence of opinion from all negotiators from the other side to become certain that reaching an agreement is possible," Zarif stated.
|Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list|