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Araqchi: Major differences in nuclear talks still standing

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, June 26, IRNA -- Senior negotiator, Abbas Araqchi said on Friday that major differences in wording of the nuclear deal are still standing.

However, he noted, good progress has been made in certain general subjects.

He acknowledged presence of all negotiating parties led by deputy foreign ministers of 5+1 Group and said that bilateral and multilateral meetings are underway in Vienna.

'In certain topics, they also have different stances which may not be harmonized easily,' Araqchi said.

On aggregate, we are making headway the job is progressing slowly and hard, he said.

Asked about statement of one of 5+1 Group negotiators on 90 percent progress of drafting the deal, he said, 'At present, we cannot speak about figures.'

As you know there is a main text with several annexes, Araqchi said.

'Some progress has been made in main contexts compared to annexes.'

Several issues which are of higher significance in terms of quality are still remaining, he said.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will arrive in Vienna on Saturday, he said, noting, 'I think bilateral talks of foreign ministers and multilateral talks will kick off on Saturday and Sunday.'

On the extension of the deadline for the deal, he said that currently, no extension is on the agenda.

'We have decided to reach an agreement within the deadline. We will keep up the job for several days to clinch a deal at last,' he said.

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