Signs of progress in Iran nuclear talks: Russia

Russia has expressed hope for a permanent accord on Iran’s nuclear energy program, saying it sees signs of progress in the ongoing talks between Tehran and world powers.

“The discussions are quite difficult, but there are clear signs of progress,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.

On July 3, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China – plus Germany formally kicked off their sixth round of nuclear talks this year to discuss a permanent accord on Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

“We expect to achieve a final text of the agreement before the set deadline of July 20,” Lukashevich said.

Meantime, a Russian diplomat involved in the nuclear talks in Vienna said Moscow insists that no “unreasonable” obligation should be imposed on Iran.

Iran and the six countries have been discussing ways to iron out differences and achieve a final deal.

The two sides sealed an interim deal in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 23, 2013. The deal came into force in January and expires on July 20, but can be extended depending on an agreement by all parties involved.

By Press TV

 

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