TEHRAN, July 8 (MNA) – The US Department of State Persian-speaking spokesman has said reaching a nuclear deal between Iran and P5+1 is possible, but ‘very difficult.’
In an interview to Mehr News political service, Alan Eyre said that the Powers focused on the deadline (July 20) for reaching a final nuclear deal.
“In a different level, both sides work to reduce the parentheses (differences) in the process of drafting the final deal,” told Alan Eyre to Mehr News.
Asked whether Mr. John Kerry would be in Vienna to attend negotiations, Eyre responded that “we have said before that we would not spare any attempt to achieve a final deal, and if we think Mr. Kerry helps things better, he will be in Vienna,”
On the possibility that both sides would extend the deadline for Joint Plan of Action of Geneve beyondJuly 20 to another six months, Eyre told that Powers would not think for extending the deadline and focused on the July 20.
“If we reach deadline and feel we need another few days, we would consider extension of the deadline. This by no means will be an easy process and all parties to talks should approve of such extension,” Alan Eyre said.
Mehr correspondent asked Eyre whether Kerry’s remarks in his article in Washington Post that “Iran has also defied the expectations of some by meeting its obligations under the Joint Plan of Action,” and “In exchange, the European Union and the P5+1 have provided limited financial relief to Iran, even as the architecture of international sanctions and the vast majority of sanctions themselves remained firmly in place,” would contradict the solution provided by the US. Iran acted according to its commitments, but sanctions still are on place, to which Eyre responded that “let me correct you in this misunderstanding. Mr. Kerry wrote that Iran had acted according to Joint Plan of Action; however, he believed that in terms of Iran’s nuclear commitments, it’s demand that the world should trust Iran ignores the fact that the in 2002, the IAEA reported tens of cases of violations of commitments under the NPT, which had been referred to UN Security Council for lack of transparency and commitment.”
Eyre also said that “ as such, our side does not have excessive demands; we want Iran to prove that its nuclear program is peaceful as it claims; if it is true in its claims, to prove the peaceful nature of the program would not be difficult.”
“We should not forget the fact that the comprehensive deal is a win-win situation. Iran would enjoy improved economy and people would see better days; Iran would have access on international financial system, which would improve the living standards in the country,” Eyre told Mehr News.
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