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Differences between Iran and six world powers at nuclear talks solvable — Zarif

October 15, 2014, 16:17 UTC+3 VIENNA
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry launched trilateral consultations on Wednesday in the Austrian capital of Vienna
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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

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VIENNA, October 15. /TASS/. Differences between Iran and the six world powers (five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany) at the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue are solvable, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters on Wednesday.

Differences remain, but this does not mean they cannot be settled, he said, adding that everybody was certain that this issue could be resolved and the agreement could be reached.

However, the negotiations with the EU and US partners on Tuesday did not allow the parties to reach compromise. But this is possible, given the political will, the Iranian foreign minister said.

He also said the parties had yet enough time for making the deal by the previously agreed deadline - November 24. Zarif said on arrival in Vienna for the nuclear talks that he “did not expect a breakthrough in the trilateral negotiations (between Zarif, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry) ... still this round could pave the way for a final agreement," Fars agency quoted Zarif as saying. “On the agenda is the volume of uranium enrichment and the timetable for lifting the sanctions.”

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry launched trilateral consultations on Wednesday in the Austrian capital of Vienna in a bid to find a compromise solution for the disputable Iranian nuclear issue.

Zarif and Ashton already held bilateral talks on Wednesday morning at the Palais Cobur hotel, where talks on the Iranian nuclear issue are traditionally held.

The purpose of the meeting is to resume the talks in the format P5+1 (UN Security Council’s five permanent members plus Germany) and Iran before November 24, the date by which the sides have to reach a long-term agreement on the Iranian nuclear program.

Iran says it needs nuclear power to generate electricity, while Western powers led by the United States claim Iran’s eventual aim is to create nuclear weapons.

The ongoing negotiations between the five permanent UN Security Council members (Russia, China, France, Britain and the United States) plus Germany with Iran are aimed at finding a plan of action worked out jointly with six international negotiators to verify that Tehran is implementing its deal with the international community to restrict its nuclear program.

The final round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group, which was supposed to be held on July 20 in Austria, was earlier this year rescheduled until November 24.

The interim deal on the Iranian nuclear issue, inked on November 24, 2013, called for taking the first step of reciprocal actions to prove good faith in a six-month period to be followed by negotiations for a comprehensive agreement, according to which the Western governments will acknowledge the Iranian nuclear program as civilian.

The deal was called the first step to be followed by a comprehensive agreement, which, on the one hand, should resolve the international community’s concerns about the Iranian nuclear program and, on the other hand, remove economic sanctions that slow down Iran’s economic development. The agreement reached by and between Iran and the P5+1 Group in Geneva last year became effective as of January 20.

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