Good nuke deal, not deadline important for Iran, FM says
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 27
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said that reaching a "good nuclear deal," not the self imposed deadline is important for Iran.
Zarif made the remarks upon his arrival in Vienna on June 27 to attend Iran's nuclear talks with the P5+1 group (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany).
"If the counter side is ready to recognize Iranians' rights and fulfill its duties, achieving an agreement which is in favor of all sides will be possible," Zarif said, Iran's official IRIB news agency reported.
While explaining the "counter part's duties" Zarif said it includes removing sanctions against Iran and leaving excessive demands.
"We are in here for an agreement which will be a good deal for global community and will protect Iranians' rights and interests as well," top Iranian diplomat said.
Zarif will meet his US counterpart John Kerry to address all outstanding issues ahead of a June 30 deadline to reach a deal on Tehran's disputed nuclear program.
Kerry arrived in Vienna the night before. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will also join the talks later the same day.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogerini, UK Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will also join the talks in a couple of days.
No information yet whether Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi will attend the talks.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said earlier that Zarif had on agenda bilateral and multilateral meetings with his counterparts attending the negotiations.
Iran and the P5+1 reached framework nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.
However Araqchi said June 27 that some parts of the solutions reached in Lausanne deal are not feasible without specifying the parts.
After Lausanne talks, some P5+1 countries made some comments showing a change in their earlier stances, this has made the job a little difficult, he said.