Final nuclear deal within reach: Rouhani
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says reaching a deal over Tehran's nuclear program is possible, stressing that the P5+1 group should make a decision about the issue, Press TV reported.
"I believe that reaching a final agreement is possible and there is nothing insolvable and the other negotiating side should also make a final decision about this issue," Rouhani told reporters on Saturday.
He added that Iran has the necessary will for holding negotiations and clinching a nuclear deal within the framework of its principles and the bounds of its red lines, stating that Iran and the P5+1 have succeeded in making progress during their latest round of talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne.
In this round of the negotiations, Tehran and the six countries managed to reach common points on some issues of difference which can be used as the basis for a final agreement, he said.
Rouhani, however, stressed that gaps still remain between the two sides on certain issues.
He added that the negotiating sides could have settled the outstanding issues in the latest round of talks, but the two sides felt they needed more time and therefore decided to resume the talks within the next few days.
Rouhani said the negotiations will become tougher in the coming days and weeks as the two sides move to take the final steps toward securing a final deal.
The president expressed hope that the negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries would lead to an agreement which would result in peace, friendship and development for the Iran and the entire region.
The latest round of nuclear talks ended in Lausanne on Friday after six days of intense and serious discussions among representatives of Iran, the United States and the European Union.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Friday that the Iranian negotiating team would return home and noted that the talks will resume on March 25.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Press TV that "good progress" has been made over the six days of the latest round of nuclear negotiations, pointing out that some work still needs to be done.
"We made good progress over this week. We've done a lot of hard work, but some work remains ahead," Zarif said.
The talks between the United States and Iran are part of broader negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group - the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Russia, China - to reach a comprehensive agreement on Tehran's nuclear program as a deadline slated for July 1 draws closer.