Iranian nuclear negotiators hope to leave Vienna by July 13
Tehran, Iran, July 10
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Top Iranian diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the Iranian nuclear negotiation team will stay in Vienna on Saturday (July 11) and Sunday (July 12).
"We hope that the negotiating teams will not be in Vienna by Monday," the foreign minister said, Fars news agency reported July 10.
He maintained that differences remain, and he and US Secretary of State John Kerry have important issues to agree on.
Zarif pointed to his talks with Kerry earlier in the day as constructive.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht Ravanchi, meanwhile, said the Western sides of the negotiations frequently change their demands.
"They make excessive demands, but of course we resist," he stated.
The diplomat said many of the documents needed for a deal have been drafted and there remain only a few key issues that need coordination among the negotiating sides. "From Iran's view there is no deadline. So we continue the talks until we reach the desired outcome," he stated.
Iran and the group P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) are holding negotiations to reach a comprehensive agreement on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
The sides failed a deadline of July 10 to strike the deal and they have given their talks another extension.
A deal would limit Iran's nuclear program and in return lift economic sanctions on the country.
Edited by CN