Iran, P5+1 may extend nuclear talks
Tehran, Iran, Jul. 12
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said on July 12 that the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries may be extended.
"If the two sides come to the conclusion that the talks are progressing, we may extend the negotiations, otherwise there is no need for such extension," Iran's ISNA News Agency quoted Araqchi as saying.
Araqchi also called on the other side to be prepared for making serious and difficult decisions.
"Some 60 to 65 percent of the text of the comprehensive nuclear deal has been completed," he noted.
"Despite the progress in writing the final text, there are still differences over major issues," Araqchi explained.
He further expressed hope that the two sides can resolve their remaining differences after some P5+1 foreign ministers arrive in Vienna.
The sixth round of nuclear negotiations between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries is currently underway in Austrian capital, Vienna.
Delegations from both sides are trying to finalize the text of the comprehensive nuclear deal within the next 20 days.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has described this round of talks as a unique opportunity to make history.
Araqchi said on June 30 that the excessive demands of the West are major obstacles to the progress of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries.
"The nuclear negotiations cannot proceed on the basis of illusions," Araqchi said, Iran's IRIB News Agency reported on June 30.
He further advised the other side to adopt a realistic viewpoint.
"There's no disagreement over uranium enrichment inside Iran," he said, adding that the two sides only need to reach an agreement over the level of enrichment.
"Iran wants all sanctions lifted in the shortest possible time," Araqchi explained.
The P5+1 group consists of Russia, China, France, Britain, and the United States, plus Germany.
Iran and the six powers - the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany - have been discussing the ways to iron out differences and start drafting a final deal that would end the decade-old dispute over Iran's nuclear energy program, Press TV reported.
The two sides inked an interim accord in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 23, 2013.
On June 18, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the two sides had started drafting a final deal despite the remaining "fundamental" differences, adding that if the other side shows political will, a comprehensive accord could be reached.