TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says it is possible to achieve a comprehensive agreement with world powers.
Writing on his twitter account on Sunday, Zarif emphasized that the opportunity to clinch a deal should not be missed.
“Back from Vienna after tough discussions. Agreement is possible. But illusions need to go. Opportunity shouldn’t be missed again like in 2005.”
Iran and the six major powers ended a difficult round of nuclear talks on Friday in Vienna without making any tangible progress.
According to senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi the talks will resume in the Austrian capital on June 16-20.
Iran and the six major powers - Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany – held the fourth round of talks in Vienna to drafting the text of a final nuclear deal which is aimed at resolving a decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.
The talks came after three rounds of preliminary negotiations held over the past three months, in which the two sides discussed general issues and expressed their expectations from each other.
The Vienna talks are meant to build on the interim deal that Iran and the 5+1 group struck in Geneva in November 2013.
Under the Geneva deal, Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The agreement came into force on January 20. Iran and the major powers have set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term nuclear deal. The deadline can be extended for another six months.