|Iran, 5+1 not likely to reach final deal before 4-month deadline: Zarif||
TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says it is “unlikely” that Iran and the 5+1 group will reach a final nuclear deal before the current fourth-month deadline expires, IRNA reported on Friday.
On July 18, Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) extended the deadline for the negotiations to reach a comprehensive deal by four months.
Zarif said even if Iran and the countries of the 5+1 group agree on different issues, time is still needed to negotiate the “details”.
He added, “Since the beginning, we have believed and still believe that if there is strong will on the Western side, the nuclear talks will yield a result very soon.”
Explaining why Iran holds direct talks with the United States on the sidelines of the nuclear negotiations, he said Iran has an “official political relationship” with France, Britain, Germany, Russia, and China and can follow up the negotiations through those countries’ ambassadors in Tehran, but that is not applicable in the case of the United States, and that is why it holds direct talks with the U.S. negotiators.
On developments in Iraq and Iran’s relations with Iraqi Kurds, he said, “We have always had good interactions with the various Iraqi political groups, including the Kurds, in order to [help] safeguard Iraq’s territorial integrity.”
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