Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday a nuclear deal was closer than ever, signaling a greater co-operation with the West to tackle the global problems.
In a YouTube video published on Friday, Zarif said: “Despite some differences that remain, we have never been closer to a lasting outcome.”
The six world powers negotiating with Iran have postponed the deadline for a final agreement to July 7, with all sides signaling that deal is within reach.
Zarif accused the negotiating countries of using pressure, and said the deal requires them to make a choice to reach a lasting agreement.
“Some stubbornly believe that military and economic coercion can ensure submission,” Zarif said.
“But they still need to make a critical and historic choice: agreement or coercion.”
Earlier on Friday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said all sides showed a “genuine effort”.
“We have some tough issues, but there’s been a genuine effort by everybody to be serious about this and to understand the time constraints that we’re working under,” Kerry said before a new round of talks with his Iranian counterpart Zarif.
Foreign ministers of the negotiating countries — China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Iran — are back in Vienna to seal a final deal.
The US and its allies have long suspected that Iran’s nuclear programme is aimed at manufacturing nuclear weapons. Tehran says the programme only has peaceful purposes.