Nuclear deal possible before deadline – Iran

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TEHRAN: A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator says it is possible for Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers to secure a final deal on Tehran’s civilian nuclear program even before the July 1 deadline.

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There are still many gaps and disagreements between the two sides, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said.

The negotiators are trying to reach “a single agreed text,” Araqchi said, adding, “We think that we can do that even before the deadline.”

Araqchi said, “What we achieved in New York was the first draft of the whole package.”

“Now, we have a written text, although we still have lots of brackets, which represent the differences we have,” he added.

He further noted that the talks in Vienna are aimed at reducing the “number of brackets” and “cleaning” the text as much as possible.

Regarding Iran signing the Additional Protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) for snap inspection of nuclear facilities in the Islamic Republic, Araqchi said, “More than 120 countries have already implemented that . . . So from that point of view, this is not something extraordinary.”

The high-ranking Iranian official also said one of the most significant issues under discussion in Vienna will be the lifting of sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program.

“All economic and financial sanctions should be terminated on the day that we start to implement the final deal,” Araqchi said, noting that there will be no “phased” sanctions removal.

The senior Iranian negotiator also said the country’s nuclear team will never allow the opposite side to use the language of threat in the course of negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program.

The Iranian nuclear team has never allowed any talk of threat to emerge during the course of nuclear talks and the opposite side has not used the language of threat in the negotiations to date, Araqchi said.

TNS

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