Iran nuclear deal possible in weeks: UK FM

British Foreign Secretary William Hague says a deal on Iran’s nuclear energy program could be reached within weeks involving ‘limited sanctions relief’.

“An interim agreement would involve offering Iran limited, proportionate sanctions relief,” Hague told the British parliament on Monday.

Hague said that the outline of an agreement was on the table in Geneva although the talks were extremely difficult.

The British foreign secretary said that progress was made at the Geneva talks and a strong foundation was created for the next round of negotiations with Iran, stressing the need to “build momentum.”

Hague acknowledged “some gaps” remained between parties at the talks but said “most of those gaps are narrow.”

He said the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany would lift some sanctions against Iran if a preliminary deal can be reached to create the chance of a “comprehensive settlement”.

Playing down reports that France had blocked a deal, Hague said world powers had presented a united front to Iran at the talks in Geneva and that no one country had vetoed a deal.

Iran and the six powers — the US, Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany — discussed Iran’s nuclear issue behind closed doors in Geneva, Switzerland, earlier this week. The intensive talks kicked off on November 7 and stretched into an unscheduled third day.

The two sides could not reach a deal over Tehran’s nuclear energy program in Geneva, but they stressed significant progress had been made and expressed optimism about the prospect of achieving a deal.

Tehran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany will continue their nuclear negotiations in Geneva on November 20.

By Press TV


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