Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 7
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaking on the sidelines of the 51th Munich Security Conference said that for Iran and Western powers to reach a final nuclear agreement it is needed that the Western side shows political will, IRIB news agency reported on Feb. 7.
"What they do is that they express willingness that this [coming to terms] might happen, but one has to see if they got the political will," Zarif stated.
The Iranian foreign minister then said that since he arrived in Munich, he had held four meetings with world leaders.
He said that he had met with the US Secretary of State John Kerry the previous night.
"Talks extended well into midnight with the American side at the expert level," he also added.
Zarif said that he had also held a meeting with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier where the sides discussed the details including the removal of sanctions, the enrichment procedure, as well as the number of centrifuges and the way in which they would operate.
Providing comments on the prospect of the country's ongoing nuclear talks, the Iranian foreign minister said that it is still needed for the talks to go on.
"I believe that the next couple of days would provide an opportunity to see what approach we would find to solve the issue, since the foreign ministers of the P5+1 members, except for China which is being represented by some other official, are attending the event in Munich," he said.
"I believe that there not only is a way to the case, but many ways," Zarif asserted. "Coming up with a result is bound only to a powerful political will."
The Iranian foreign minister is to meet the UK First Secretary of State William Hague, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and the International Atomic Energy Agency Secretary General Yukiya Amano.
Talks between Iran and the P5+1 group have been extended until July 1, 2015 to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement.
After the sides failed to meet the 24 Nov. 2014 deadline they also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed in November 2013 for providing Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
The US and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.