Iran, P5+1 nuclear talks progress despite gaps
Press TV -(Wed Jul 16, 2014) Gaps still remain in nuclear talks between Iran and the Sextet of world powers despite progress made in the latest round of negotiations, Press TV reports.
On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said at a press conference in Vienna that talks might continue between the two sides beyond a July 20 deadline.
“I see an inclination on the part of our negotiating partners that they believe more time may be useful and necessary,” said the Iranian foreign minister, adding, “Everybody needs to make a choice not just Iran. It’s for everyone to make the choice and I hope everyone would make the right choice, because this opportunity will not be repeated in the near future.”
US Secretary of State John Kerry said at a different presser in the Austrian capital that the latest round of talks has been positive.
“We have all made the commitments made in the Joint Plan [of Action] and we have all lived up to our obligations. We have all continued to negotiate in good faith,” Kerry said.
“I am returning today to Washington to discuss with President Obama and leaders in Congress over the coming days about the prospects for a comprehensive agreement as well as the path forward if we do not achieve one by July 20,” Kerry added.
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – China, Russia, Britain, France and the United States – plus Germany clinched a landmark interim deal in Geneva on November 24, 2013.
Under the deal, dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. It was also agreed that no nuclear-related sanctions will be imposed on Iran within the same timeframe. The agreement took effect on January 20.