Berlin confident Iran nuclear framework deal can be forged by March

Berlin, Jan 22, IRNA — A top German foreign ministry official here Wednesday expressed ‘absolute’ confidence that a political framework on an Iranian nuclear agreement could be reached by March.
Speaking at a routine weekly government press briefing in Berlin, foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said, ‘We are of the opinion that it is possible to forge an agreement in principle by March. That’s absolutely so.’

Asked whether Munich could be the venue for Iran nuclear talks on the sidelines of the upcoming Munich Security Conference (February 6-8), Schaefer stressed that although it is too early to say, if such a formal meeting at a foreign-ministerial level could be convened at such a date, he would not totally rule it out.

He was reacting to recent statements by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who said either Munich or the Swiss resort town of Davos could host the next round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers (the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany).

Schaefer added however it is ‘plausible and likely’ that some sort of talks on the Iranian nuclear program could be held on the sidelines of the Munich security meeting.



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