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Issues of disagreement remain in Iran nuclear talks

1 July 2015 11:03


Sticking points still remain between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in drafting the text of a final deal over Tehran’s nuclear program, says senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi.

“There remain issues of difference on which no agreement has been reached yet, and there are certain texts which have not been written down yet. In fact, we are working on them round the clock,” Araqchi said on Wednesday.

His remarks came as Iran and the P5+1 group – the US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany – extended their talks over Tehran’s nuclear program for seven days to clinch a historic final nuclear deal after the June 30 deadline passed as the clock struck Wednesday.

Araqchi, who is also the deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, said that all delegations present in the talks are “seriously” working on the text.

He said that there has been a “positive climate” in the negotiations as all sides are keen to move the talks forward.

Stressing that Iran will not accept an agreement at any price, the senior negotiator said that a good deal should respect Iran’s principles and red lines.

“An agreement should be a good one and a good agreement is the one that complies with the principles, frameworks and red lines set especially by the Leader [of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] and in that case we will agree to a deal,” he said.

Araqchi said that Iran prefers a good agreement to time, adding that Tehran will not be bound by time in striking a final deal with six world powers.

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