Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow believes that the P5+1 group and Iran could reach an agreement on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program before the June 30 deadline.
GENEVA (Sputnik) – Moscow believes that the P5+1 group and Iran could reach an agreement on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program before the June 30 deadline, deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said Monday.
“We are satisfied that every new meeting we achieve greater progress than the last. The confidence grows that it will be possible to reach an agreement in the framework of the given deadline, that is, June 30,” Ryabkov said.
On Sunday, delegations from Iran and the P5+1 group, comprising the United States, Russia, China, France and Germany, met in Geneva to discuss Tehran’s nuclear program.
The head of Iranian delegation Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said that the negotiations were constructive, but the parties are still far from reaching an agreement.
Iran’s nuclear program has long been a point of concern for the international community. The UN Security Council and a number of countries have imposed several rounds of sanctions on Iran, accusing it of developing nuclear weapons. Tehran has repeatedly rejected those claims, stating that its uranium enrichment program is for peaceful purposes only.
Iran and the P5+1 group have held several rounds of talks to reach a comprehensive agreement on country’s nuclear program in recent years with limited results. A long-term deal has to be reached by July 2015.
By Sputnik News