TEHRAN - Tehran and the 5+1 group can reach a comprehensive final deal by a late November deadline if the opposite side demonstrates goodwill, says a senior member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team.
“Iran is serious in the talks and has shown its goodwill and logical stances. We believe if the other party as well pursues the talks with goodwill and free from excessive demands, a comprehensive deal will be concluded by November 24,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told the Tehran-based foreign ambassadors and diplomatic corps on Thursday.
Briefing the diplomats on the Joint Plan of Action, signed between Iran and the 5+1 group in Geneva last November, he said seriousness in talks, goodwill of negotiating parties, as well as a logical and rational nature of expectations are the determining factors for the negotiations to produce plausible results.
The international community has now developed a clear and real image of Iran’s peaceful nuclear program after the new government took office last year, and the project to introduce Iran as a threat to international peace and security has failed, Araqchi noted.
The senior diplomat also underlined the significance of bilateral talks along with multi-lateral negotiations with the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany).
Iran and the 5+1 group are in talks to reach a final agreement aimed at resolving the standoff over Tehran’s 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.
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