Iran FM says nuclear talks to facilitate reaching final agreement
Tehran, Iran, Oct. 14
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the current round of nuclear talks between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries can facilitate reaching a final agreement, Iran's IRINN reported on October 14.
Zarif made the remarks upon arriving in Austrian city of Vienna.
"Reaching a final agreement in this round is unlikely since there are many issues that should be resolved," he added.
He went on to note that the level of enrichment and when and how the sanctions would be lifted are the main topics that need to be resolved.
Zarif is scheduled to hold a meeting with the outgoing EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton. They will be joined by US Secretary of State John Kerry on October 15.
Iran and P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council comprising of China, France, Russia, Britain, the US Plus Germany) sealed an interim deal in Geneva on November 24 to pave the way for the full resolution of the West's decade-old dispute with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program, Press TV reported.
The Geneva deal took effect on January 20 and expired on July 20. However the two sides agreed to extend their talks for four months till Nov. 24 to reach a permanent deal on Iran's disputed nuclear program.
In exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the US and its allies agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran.