German Negotiator: Iran-World Powers Final Deal Still Possible
VIENNA (Tasnim) – A top German negotiator engaged in Vienna talks between Iran and six world powers said much work still remains ahead of the negotiating parties, but at the same time expressed the hope that the a final deal is still possible within a 6-month period.
Delegations representing Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) wrapped up the latest round their talks on Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program here in the Austrian capital on Friday evening.
The parties had entered the negotiations to draft a lasting accord, meant to end years of Western standoff over Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program.
Director-General for Political Affairs of the German Federal Foreign Office Hans-Dieter Lucas, in an interview with the Tasnim News Agency on Friday, commented on the possibility of a long-awaited accord between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany)
“Still much work remains ahead of us,” the senior German negotiator said.
Asked about the possibility of a deal within the six-month period, Lucas said there is hope as far as the determination to reach a comprehensive agreement is in place.
“The deal is still possible within the deadline,” he stressed.
It was the fourth round of marathon talks in Vienna after the parties inked a six-month deal on Tehran’s nuclear activities in Switzerland on November 24, 2013.
The interim deal (the Joint Plan of Action), which has come into force since January 20, stipulates that over the course of six months, Iran and the six countries will draw up a comprehensive nuclear deal which will lead to a lifting of the whole sanctions on the Islamic Republic.