MP: Six areas of divergence still exist with 5+1

Tehran, Nov 29, IRNA – An Iranian parliamentarian said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has told the legislative body that six areas of divergence still exist between Iran and the 5+1 in the nuclear talks.

Representative of Rasht constituency in the parliament Gholamali Ja’farzadeh Imenabadi referred to the Saturday morning session of Majlis when Zarif briefed the MPs on the latest round of nuclear negotiations in Vienna.

He quoted Zarif as saying that during the 7-day talks six meetings took place among ministers and four were held among deputy foreign ministers along with several expert sessions.

He said Zarif noted that the Iranian delegation included only 16 members while the Americans had about 180 and the UK 40 delegates in the talks.

The MP further quoted Zarif as saying that the talks were prone to failure by less than 50 percent.

He said the foreign minister told Majlis that the areas of divergence mainly are on timing and quality of removal of sanctions and that when Iran can enter the capital market again.

Zarif also pointed out that differences on Arak nuclear facility have been shrunk remarkably, the MP noted.

According to Zarif, the number of centrifuges was another issue of dispute.

Zarif left Vienna on Tuesday after seven days of intensive negotiations with six world powers to put an end to the 11-year nuclear dispute.

The aim of the latest round of talks in Vienna was to reach a comprehensive deal before the November 24 deadline, that the negotiating parties couldn’t achieve.

However, all the parties involved declared unanimously that nuclear talks made significant progress in Vienna.

Finally, foreign ministers of Iran and the six world powers decided to extend the deadline for another 7 months until July 1, 2015.

So, first of all, they agreed that within the next four months, the two sides will focus on reaching a political or general agreement, in other words, what Zarif said can be reached even within a few days. Then they will go into the details of the deal which are technical and legal matters.

Meanwhile, they extended application of the Geneva Accord signed on November 24, 2013 which envisaged formula to unfreeze Iranian assets in foreign banks according to which Iran will receive $700 million every month.



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