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Iran, major powers have made ‘relatively good’ progress in drafting nuclear deal: Araqchi
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_am2(233).jpgTEHRAN – A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator has said that Iran and the major powers have made “relatively good” progress in drafting the text of a comprehensive nuclear deal in their ongoing talks in Vienna.  
 
“We have agreed on 60 to 65 percent of the text, but it does not mean that we have made progress on substantive issues,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Saturday. 
 
“No progress has been made on major and serious issues,” he said. 
 
He also said that Iran will continue the talks seriously, adding that Iranian negotiators are determined to reach an agreement with the major powers, but they will not relinquish the Iranian people’s rights and will not abandon the Islamic Republic’s principles. 
 
Elsewhere in his remarks, Araqchi said that the major powers must be prepared to make “serious” and “difficult” decisions so that a nuclear deal can be clinched.   
 
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