Iran’s FM says nuclear deal ‘has never been closer’

Javad Zarif says in YouTube video world ‘has never been closer’ to nuclear deal

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

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.

TRTWorld and agencies