Iran-P5+1 nuke talks likely to exceed deadline
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 20
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said that maybe Iran-P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) talks over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program would exceed the self imposed June 30 deadline.
Maybe the sides will need a few days more for achieving a comprehensive nuclear deal, Zarif said.
"It is better than extending the talks for a new period," the Iranian foreign minister said, the country's Donya-e-eqtesad newspaper reported June 20.
Zarif further said that he was against extending the nuclear talks last autumn as well.
"We believe that a good agreement should be achieved," Zarif said, adding that the Iranian side is not under pressure of time, meanwhile the US side is under deadline pressure by the country's Congress.
"If we achieve an acceptable deal, anything will be ok, otherwise we can continue with talks," Zarif underlined.
Iranian officials have announced on numerous occasions that time limit should not affect achieving a good and firm nuclear deal.
Zarif is scheduled to hold meetings with Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief as well as British, French and German counterparts on June 22.
While a meeting with US secretary of state, John Kerry is reportedly not confirmed so far, it was announced that Luxembourg is set as the venue of talks between Zarif and the European officials.
Meanwhile Iranian deputies foreign minister Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht Ravanchi are in Vienna since June 17 to hold the 8th round of talks for compiling comprehensive agreement text and will stay there at least till the end of determined time, June 30.