No decision yet on suspension of nuclear talks: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed reports about an agreement on the suspension of the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group.

“No decision has been made and what has been said is speculation,” Zarif said on Wednesday.

Zarif made the remarks in reaction to media speculations that the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – China, Russia, Britain, France and the United States – plus Germany would probably be suspended Friday.

Iran and the six world powers kicked off their sixth round of talks this year in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on July 3 to discuss drafting a final nuclear accord.

“We are prepared to negotiate [with the other side] until July 20, and any time we feel the talks have reached a point where they should be halted or continued in another form, we will be ready [for that], but such a decision has not been made yet,” Zarif said.

The top Iranian diplomat said negotiations between Iran and the six countries are ongoing, adding, “We are now focusing on substantive discussions such as sanctions and the possibility of extending the talks.”

Iran and the six countries reached an interim deal in Geneva in November 2013. Under the six-month deal, which took effect on January 20, sanctions against Iran were partially suspended while Iran scaled back its nuclear energy program.

Iran and its negotiating partners are currently in talks to iron out their differences and achieve a permanent comprehensive deal aimed at ending the decade-old dispute over the country’s civilian nuclear work.

By Press TV


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