Source: Tehran Times
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated on Wednesday that a nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers is "within reach" if the West stops making "excessive demands".
Negotiators from Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) started tough talks in Vienna in last-ditch efforts to clinch a nuclear accord as the November 24 deadline looms large.
"If the other side negotiating with the Islamic Republic of Iran has the political will for an agreement and does not make excessive demands, the situation is ripe for achieving a deal," Rouhani noted.
The sticking points remaining are how many uranium enrichment centrifuges Iran can have and the speed of lifting sanctions, mainly on oil exports and the banking and insurance sectors.
Americans generous offer: With a little trimming, you can continue with your program
cartoon by Mohammad Ali Rajabi, Arman daily
Of the six countries negotiating with Iran, it is the United States and partly France, and to lesser degree Britain, which are adamantly insisting that Iran should limit operations of its uranium enrichment centrifuges.
Talking after a meeting with Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Rouhani said that they had discussed the nuclear negotiations.
"About the issue of nuclear negotiations and the goals that we seek and also support for negotiators, there is consensus in the system," Rouhani added.
Bilateral talks between Iran and the U.S. ended on Wednesday after two and a half hours of talks. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi and Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi represented Iran, and Undersecretary of State William Burns and Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman represented the U.S.
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