Iran and P5+1 begin drafting final nuclear deal
Iran and the Sextet of world powers have begun drafting a final deal on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.
Zarif said the drafting began despite a number of differences that yet remained unresolved.
“The drafting phase has almost begun. Of course, it does not mean that we have reached a common understanding in all fields. The differences are still fundamental, but our colleagues are right now working on them and we hope things would move forward,” Zarif said.
He added if the P5+1 negotiators showed the political will, a comprehensive agreement could be reached by the July 20 deadline.
The latest Vienna talks came after Iran held several bilateral nuclear talks with delegations from the United States, France, Russia, and Germany.
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - China, Russia, Britain, France, and the United States - plus Germany clinched a landmark interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, 2013.
Under the deal, dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. It was also agreed that no nuclear-related sanctions will be imposed on Iran within the same timeframe. The agreement took effect on January 20.