Zarif: Nuclear deadline might be extended

Iran’s foreign minister says deadline for nuclear talks might go beyond June 30

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday the deadline for the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme might be extended.

“We still have several days before the June 30 deadline. It is better to proceed until we reach a conclusion, so that we do not feel pressure for time,” Zarif said in an interview with the Iranian daily Donya-e Eqtesad published on Saturday.

The top Iranian diplomat said their priority is the context of the deal and negotiating parties are likely to need more time to reach a final agreement.

“It is our belief that a good deal should be signed. Thus, we don’t feel any pressure by the deadline,” he said.

The foreign ministers of Iran and the United States will have a meeting this weekend, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported on Saturday.

Iran’s senior negotiator Abbas Araghchi previously said the ministers of the negotiating sides will gather to discuss the key issues in the following days.

Iran and six world powers — Britain, France, China, Russia, the United States and Germany — are holding nuclear talks over a possible deal over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Iran reached a tentative deal on April 2, allowing UN inspectors to carry out more inspections under an "Additional Protocol" to the Non-Proliferation Treaty in return for lifting of economic sanctions on Iran.

The sides aim to reach a final deal before a June 30 deadline.

Western countries have long claimed that Iran is building a nuclear bomb. Tehran says its nuclear programme is peaceful and has purely civilian aims.

TRTWorld and agencies