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Outcome of Nuclear Talks Difficult to Predict: Iranian FM

Source: Iran Review

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says it is difficult to predict the outcome of ongoing nuclear negotiations due to the complexity of the agenda. “Given the complexity and consistency of various subjects that should be agreed upon in order to reach a comprehensive [nuclear] agreement, it is really difficult to predict the result of the talks,” Zarif said.

(Iranian FM Zarif) climbing the last step
cartoon by Mohammad Tahani, Arman daily

The Iranian foreign minister also said Western media speculations on the nuclear talks between Tehran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain - plus Germany should not be taken seriously as they attempt to influence the discussions instead of reporting the events.

However, Zarif assured that the Iranian nuclear team would spare no effort to achieve a “logical and stable solution” to the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.

Iran’s foreign minister also said Tehran will not compromise on its nuclear rights in the ongoing negotiations with six world powers.

Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran is prepared to take solid steps to guarantee that its nuclear program is solely used for peaceful purposes.

The top nuclear negotiator added that Iran remains committed to end the "unnecessary crisis" over its peaceful nuclear program, adding, “To those who continue to believe that sanctions brought Iran to the negotiating table, I can only say that pressure has been tried for the past 8 years, in fact for the past 35 years. It didn’t bring the Iranian people to kneel in submission. And it will not now nor in the future.”

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said any excessive demands by the P5+1 group would be a stumbling block to progress in negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran does not need anything beyond its rights and is ready to allay the concerns of the international community, but we believe that imposition is no way to hold talks,” Zarif said.

Zarif said Iran has never yielded to coercion and will not do so in this round of talks, either.

“In this round of talks, the negotiating sides must enter into drafting [the final agreement] by July 20,” Zarif, who is heading the Iranian negotiating team, added.

He stressed the importance of a political will to reach a final nuclear agreement and expressed Iran’s full readiness to reach and implement a final deal by July 20. He was referring to the nuclear deal clinched between Iran and the P5+1 group last November that will expire on 20 July.

the Iranian foreign minister said differences remain between the two sides over key issues related to the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

Mohammad Javad Zarif has described the current round of talks as a unique opportunity to make history.

A senior Iranian official says reports on the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges Tehran seeks to settle on as part of a final nuclear deal with the P5+1 are mere "foreign media speculations."

"All the figures which are reported on the number of centrifuges are the figment of the imagination of some foreign media," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said.

Araqchi, who is a top nuclear negotiator, added that certain foreign media outlets seek to ruin the climate of talks between Iran and the P5+1 - Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany - and create tensions, and therefore they do not deserve attention.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister further expressed hope that Iran the six countries can manage to resolve their difference and work out a final accord on Tehran’s nuclear energy program before a July 20 deadline.

A Thursday report by Reuters cited “a Western diplomat” as saying that “Iran has reduced the number of centrifuges it wants.” According to the report, diplomats claimed that the Islamic Republic had signaled it would settle for a lower figure than 50,000 centrifuges.

The top Iranian nuclear negotiator has also expressed confidence about the results of the ongoing negotiations between Tehran and six world powers over the country’s nuclear energy program.

“We as diplomats are hopeful and have the necessary determination, seriousness and instructions to make the negotiations come to fruition,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said.

The Iranian official said that Iran and the P5+1 group could reach a comprehensive deal if “the Iranian nation’s nuclear rights are consolidated and respected.”

He went on to say the final deal would have a specified time frame, adding that this fact has been mentioned in the Geneva interim deal reached between the two sides last November.

“Should we accept certain limitations for the sake of confidence-building, that will be for a certain, temporary period of time,” said the negotiator.

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