Nuclear deal possible if other side stops excessive demands: Zarif

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Iran-Zarif

A good deal is more important than a deadline, the Iranian top diplomat said upon arrival in Vienna.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said it is necessary that the other side in nuclear talks ‘accept the realities’, adding that if they recognize the rights of Iranian people and stop excessive demands, then a nuclear deal would be within reach.

Upon arriving in Vienna on Saturday morning, Zarif said the other side should fulfill all of its commitments on lifting the sanctions.

Expressing hope that reaching a good deal is possible, Zarif said, ‘We’ve come to Vienna to strike an agreement within the next few days, although time is not important and a good deal is more important than a deadline.’

Zarif is in Vienna to be part of the final stage of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers (US, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany). The two sides have planned to sign a comprehensive agreement by June 30, to end a long dispute on Iran’s nuclear activities.

US Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to confer with Zarif later on Saturday.

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