Baku, Azerbaijan, March 19
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif says he is optimistic that the July 20 deadline for nuclear deal with world powers can be reached, Reuters reported on March 19.
Speaking on the second day of nuclear talks with the P5+1 group in Vienna, Zarif said that negotiations were going well, so far.
Iran and the P5+1 group (five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) have resumed their nuclear discussions in Vienna in an effort to work out a permanent agreement aimed at fully resolving the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
The new round of the negotiations follows earlier discussions in the Vienna, which ended on February 20.
Under an interim nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group which took effect on Jan 20, the six major powers agreed to give Iran access to its $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if the country fulfills the deal's terms which offer sanctions relief in exchange for steps on curbing the Iranian nuclear program.
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical research instead.
Edited by C.N.