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Iran-Sextet nuclear talks remain difficult: Hague

British Foreign Secretary William Hague says talks between Iran and six major world powers in Geneva over Tehran’s nuclear energy program “remain difficult,” stressing that the two sides have narrowed differences but the remaining issues are important ones.

“They remain difficult negotiations… We’re not here because things are necessarily finished. We’re here because they’re difficult,” Hague on Saturday.

“They are narrow gaps but they are important gaps… That means there are many areas of agreement. There is a huge amount of agreement and it remains the case that there has been a huge amount of progress being made in recent weeks,” the British foreign secretary added.

Hague, US Secretary of State John Kerry and French, German Russian as well as Chinese foreign ministers – Laurent Fabius, Guido Westerwelle, Sergei Lavrov and Wang Yi l respectively – have gathered in Geneva to join the ongoing nuclear talks as hope for reaching an agreement grows

“The foreign ministers have come to support these negotiations and to be able to confer together easily and quickly if we need to make fresh decisions of any kind,” he noted.

Earlier on Saturday, Lavrov said he sees a “real opportunity” for the negotiations to reach an agreement.

On Friday, the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said there has been a 90-percent progress in the course of the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.

Abbas Araqchi, an Iranian negotiator and the deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, says Iran and the Sextet have been working on the text of a joint document since Thursday morning.

The present round of talks was scheduled to end on Friday, but was extended into Saturday.

By Press TV


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