An Iranian deputy foreign minister has expressed hope that Tehran and six world powers would reach a final nuclear deal, saying Iran is looking for a “comprehensive” agreement.
“Our objective in the ongoing talks is to secure a comprehensive agreement,” Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi, said in an interview with Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen television, IRNA reported.
“Our stance in the talks is based on the Iranian nation’s nuclear rights, which are not negotiable,” he said.
Araqchi, who is a top Iranian nuclear negotiator, said major differences still remain between Iran and the six powers despite progress in some sectors.
He said reaching a final deal ahead of November 24 deadline will not be difficult, adding, “We are planning for a fresh round of talks with the P5+1 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in late September. Until then, we will continue mutual meetings with most members of this group.”
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany are in talks to reach a final agreement aimed at resolving the standoff over Tehran’s civilian nuclear work.
The two sides signed a historic interim deal in Geneva last November. The agreement entered into force on January 20 and expired six months later. In July, Tehran and the six states agreed to extend their discussions until November 24 in a bid to work out a final accord.
The next round of talks will be held in New York in September.