FM: Iran determined to clinch final nuclear deal

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Iran's foreign minister says Tehran is serious in its efforts to reach a final comprehensive agreement with the world powers over its nuclear energy program, PressTV reported.

Tehran is pressing ahead with talks with the world powers based on political will and out of good faith, Mohammad Javad Zarif told Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Zarif stressed Tokyo's role in strengthening the process of implementing the Geneva nuclear deal signed last November, saying that Iran hopes to cooperate with Japan for the production of nuclear energy.

During the talks, Abe expressed hope that Iran and the Sextet of world powers would soon finalize a comprehensive agreement, and stressed Tokyo's willingness to share its nuclear energy expertise with Tehran.

Negotiations between Tehran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- Russia, China, France, Britain and the United States -- plus Germany are going on to reach a final agreement for full resolution of the West's standoff with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program.

The two sides inked an interim nuclear deal in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 24, 2013. The Geneva accord, dubbed the Joint Plan of Action, took effect on January 20.

Under the interim agreement, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. It was also agreed that no nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on Iran within the same timeframe.

Later on Wednesday, Iran and the six countries started a new round of expert-level nuclear talks in the Austrian capital, Vienna. The previous round of nuclear negotiations in Vienna ended on February 20.

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