Philip Hammond

Iran, P5+1 make last push for deal: Hammond

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says Iran and the P5+1 group will make a “last push” for a comprehensive agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program before a November 24 deadline.

“At the moment we’re focused on the last push, a big push tomorrow morning to try and get this across the line,” Hammond told reporters on Sunday.

Iran and the Sextet of world powers — Russia, China, France, Britain, the US, and Germany — have been holding talks in Vienna over the past six days to hammer out a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear program. Diplomats say the two sides have made progress but big gaps still remain.

“Of course, if we’re not able to do it, we’ll then look at where we go from there,” he added.

Foreign ministers from countries involved in the talks on Iran’s nuclear program held meetings to pave the way for the negotiations to culminate in a successful ending on Sunday.

Sources close to the Iranian negotiating team say the main stumbling block in the way of resolving the dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program remains to be the removal of all the bans imposed on the country, and not the number of Iran’s centrifuges or the level of uranium enrichment.

Tehran wants the sanctions entirely lifted while Washington, under pressure from the pro-Israeli lobby, insists that at least the UN-imposed sanctions should remain in place.

By Press TV


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