Iran says P5+1 must select agreement or pressure
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 10
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: The P5+1 group should select between reaching agreement with Iran and putting pressure on the country, said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
"We have frequently said that agreement and pressure do not go together, and just one of them should be selected," Iran's IRNA news agency quoted Zarif as saying in Vienna July 10.
"Unfortunately, we are seeing that countries in the P5+1 group express different viewpoints. This has made the work difficult. However, we are doing our best," he added.
Zarif further said that Iran is seeking an agreement that secures its dignity.
"We will not leave the negotiating table. An agreement will be certainly achieved if the other side seeks a balanced and honest agreement," Zarif said.
Iran and the P5+1 countries - the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany - have been engaged in talks in Vienna towards reaching a landmark agreement over Tehran's nuclear program.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made clear on July 9 that he was not afraid to walk away from the negotiating table as he addressed looming questions about the Iranian nuclear deal currently in the works.
"We are not going to sit at the negotiating table forever. We also recognize that we shouldn't get up and leave simply because the clock strikes midnight," Kerry said.
The deal's deadline has been extended twice, and both US and Iranian officials have said differences remain ahead of a third deadline on July 10.
Edited by CN