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Talks in critical phase: Zarif

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, June 30, IRNA -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said here on Tuesday that the talks have now reached critical phase.

The only agreement the Iranian nation accepts should be justified and balanced, Zarif said upon arrival.

The agreement should preserve the nation's rights and be based on national dignity, said he.

He further said he feels there is possibility of progress with the help of political determination and hard work.

What we need today is the other side's political determination that can smooth the path to an acceptable and sustainable conclusion, added he.

Zarif said he thinks the other side understands that a long-lasting good agreement would be out-of-reach unless the rights of the Iranian nation are recognized.

Asked about hope for comprehensive agreement, he replied that the talks should be based on a reasonable balance.

All Iranian officials have announced that they are ready for exchange of reasonable and logical talks, noted he.

If the two sides reach any agreement, it should be based on what both Iran and the western states accept, Zarif said.

If the two hold talks based on Lausanne statement, there would be possibility of finding proper solutions, noted the Iranian foreign minister.

Asked about the existing disagreements, Zarif said the text of agreement would not be concluded unless all of its aspects are reviewed, adding we should pass this phase.

Iran, the European Union and representatives of the P5+1 have been holding intensive nuclear talks to reach a final agreement on Iran's nuclear issue.

Both sides are to find a solution for a nuclear dispute that goes back to over a decade.

Top nuclear negotiators of both sides are to resume talks today in the Austrian capital.

The two have set June 30th as deadline for nuclear talks.

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