|Kerry says Iran must take tough decisions in nuclear deal||
TEHRAN – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Iran has to make very tough decisions during the negotiations to reach a final agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program.
“As we try to seize this diplomatic moment and make our allies and ourselves safer, Iran obviously has to make some very tough decisions,” Kerry said a press conference on Tuesday.
Iran and the 5+1 group -- the United States, France, Russia, China, Britain, and Germany -- are building on an interim deal struck in November according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear activities for six months in return for an easing of sanctions against the country. The interim deal came into effect in January. The two sides have set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term deal that would lead to a gradual lifting of all nuclear-related sanctions.
He reiterated that Iran “must ensure it has a peaceful nuclear program,” and “must not obtain a nuclear weapon.”
The International Atomic Energy Agency has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to weapons production.
Experts from Iran and the major powers held meetings in New York on Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare for the next round of political-level talks which will start in Vienna on May 13.
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