Mann: Iran, G5+1 working hard to close gaps

TEHRAN (FNA)- Michael Mann, the spokesman for the EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, announced that Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) are trying hard in their talks in Vienna to close the existing gaps.

Mann said on Wednesday that every effort is being made for a permanent comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers.

“We are working very hard, we are working on drafting the text,” he asserted, adding, “But there are still obvious, serious gaps to close and we are determined to work hard to try and close those gaps.”

The sixth round of talks between Tehran and the G5+1 headed by the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton officially started in Vienna last week.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi and EU foreign policy deputy chief Helga Schmidt also held several rounds of talks in Vienna to discuss the draft of a final deal.

In a video message on the eve of the new round of the talks with the six world powers on Wednesday, Zarif asked his counterparts from the sextet not to miss the present opportunity for striking a deal with Iran and putting an end to an unnecessary crisis. Iran and the Group 5+1 sealed an interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, 2013, to pave the way for a full resolution of their decade-old dispute over the former’s nuclear standoff with the West. The deal came into force on January 20.

Under the Geneva deal, dubbed the Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period.

Zarif told reporters after the previous round of talks with the six world powers held in Vienna on June 16-20 that although the seven nations have started compiling the draft deal, the harsh stance taken by the western powers, which is reflected in their excessive and maximum demands shows that they are not fully ready to enter serious negotiations to attain a final solution to the decade-old standoff.

He stressed that Iran would not give up its rights, and would continue resistance until restoring all its nuclear rights.

By Fars News Agency


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