Iran: Main Frameworks of Nuclear Agreement Defined
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Spokeswoman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry Marziyeh Afkham announced on Wednesday that the main frameworks of a long-awaited nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers have been drawn, but at the same time noted that further negotiations are still needed.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) are in talks to hammer out a final agreement to end more than a decade of impasse over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.
"Main frameworks of nuclear deal have been defined, and the talks have entered into technical details," Afkham underscored in a press conference in Tehran.
The Iranian spokeswoman said that the gaps (between the two sides) are narrowed to some extent, but more talks and negotiations are still needed for reaching an agreement.
There are differences between the two sides and negotiations on how to implement the details are still underway, she stressed, adding, "Negotiations have come to a sensitive stage, and the steps to reach a deal are very decisive."
Afkham went on to say that the main principles are clear to both negotiating parties, and stated, “(Uranium) Enrichment issue has been accepted, and that no nuclear site (in Iran) would be shut down, and the Research and Development (activities) have also been accepted.”
The Iranian spokeswoman also reiterated that Tehran wants a nuclear deal, but not at any price.
Earlier on Saturday, head of the Iranian team of nuclear negotiators had said that discussions between Iran and the Group 5+1 (also known as P5+1 and E3+3) have entered into details.
Iran and the European members of the Group 5+1 – France, Britain and Germany - are scheduled to hold nuclear talks in the Turkish city of Istanbul on January 29.