Comprehensive nuclear deal is achievable, Iran says
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 16
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian foreign minister says that a comprehensive nuclear deal with the P5+1 is achievable.
Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with Austria's president Heinz Fischer in Vienna on the sidelines of a fresh round of nuclear negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1, Iran's Mehr news agency reported on May 16.
Realism and willpower on the part of both sides are the key factors in reaching a comprehensive agreement, Zarif underlined.
The Austrian president in turn welcomed Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's support for the nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers.
Fischer also expressed hope that Iran and the P5+1 would reach a comprehensive agreement on the nuclear issue.
The two sides talked on mutual ties and exchanged viewpoints on the regional issues including Syrian crisis and Iran-Saudi Arabia relations during the meeting.
The ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1(the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) began on May 14 in the Austrian capital as diplomats from both sides seek to hammer out a final deal on Tehran's disputed nuclear program.
This is the fourth round of marathon talks in Vienna after the parties inked a six-month deal on Tehran's nuclear activities in Switzerland on November 24, 2013.
The interim deal (the Joint Plan of Action), which came into force on January 20, stipulates that over the course of six months, Iran and the six countries will draw up a comprehensive nuclear deal which will lead to a lifting of all the sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
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.