US, West hindering agreement on Iran’s nuclear issue: Zarif

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The Iranian top nuclear negotiator says the US is holding up a nuclear deal with Iran as a result of pressure by Israel.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said despite Tehran’s willingness to reach an agreement over its peaceful nuclear program, the US and the West have hindered the final deal.

“We should demonstrate it to the world that we wanted an agreement but the US and West did not want it and, therefore, blocked the (final) deal,” Zarif was quoted by the rapporteur of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign policy Committee Hossein Naqavi Hosseini as saying in a meeting with members of the committee on Tuesday.

Zarif said that due to efforts by Zionist lobbyists, the Americans are not seeking to resolve the issue and do not want an agreement to be reached on Iran’s nuclear issue, Naqavi Hosseini added.

The remarks came after nuclear negotiators representing Iran and G5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) wrapped up the latest round of talks on Tehran’s civilian nuclear program in New York on September 26 without making any tangible progress.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi later said that the nuclear talks with G5+1 will resume in a European city by mid-October.

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