Nuclear negotiations nearing sensitive stage: Iranian negotiator

Abbas Araghchi-Iran-official
Abbas Araghchi-Iran-official

The prospects of the conclusion of a final comprehensive nuclear deal depend on good faith displayed by the other side, Araghchi said.

A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator said Monday that the talks have approached a sensitive stage, adding that negotiations will gather pace in coming days.

Abbas Araghchi made the remarks on the sidelines of a ceremony at mausoleum of late Imam Khomeini.

Araghchi told IRNA that there are still differences of opinion between the two sides in the process of the negotiations, but, he was quite hopeful and optimistic about the future of the talks.

‘Achieving a final, comprehensive nuclear agreement depends on the other side’s good faith and respect for Iran’s nuclear rights in accordance with (nuclear) Non-Proliferation Treaty.’

The deputy foreign minister said that Iran seriously will proceed with nuclear talks, emphasizing that if the Western governments come to the table with rationality, satisfactory outcome will be easily at hand.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday in Nairobi that he believes a comprehensive nuclear agreement can preserve Iran’s entire nuclear rights.

‘By respecting all of Iran’s nuclear rights, the nuclear talks can go ahead with the sextet (Five permanent members of UN Security Council plus Germany) to attain satisfactory results,’ said Zarif after his talks with his Kenyan counterpart Amina Chawahir Mohammed.

He said that it is possible to assure the other side that Iran’s nuclear activities are exclusively for peaceful purposes and such an agreement is quite possible.

‘P5+1 have concluded that the best way, and better to say, the only way to resolve this issue is to respect the Iranian nation’s rights,’ he said.

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