Nuclear Talks in Final Stages: Iranian Negotiator
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian diplomat involved in the talks with six world powers over Tehran's peaceful nuclear program said that the negotiations are in final stages and that a deal is at hand.
Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Wednesday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry's Director General for the Political and International Affairs Hamid Baeidinejad said the nuclear negotiations with the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) are in the final stages as the other side has retreated from its previous stances.
"Otherwise, we wouldn't have reached this point," he stressed.
Baeidinejad also said there will surely be an agreement in the current Iranian year (which began on March 21), adding that there has been good progress in the talks and "we hope the remaining issues will be resolved."
Meanwhile, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who is also involved in the nuclear talks, said the country is following a policy to reach a "dignified and honorable deal" in a win-win situation.
Iran and the six powers wrapped up six days of negotiations on Tehran's peaceful nuclear program in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Friday and agreed to resume the talks on March 25.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (also known as the P5+1 or E3+3) are in talks to hammer out a comprehensive accord by a June 30 deadline that would end more than a decade of impasse over Tehran's civilian nuclear activities.