Deputy FM: Final deal requires difficult decision by Western powers

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for American and European Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for American and European Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht Ravanchi said the six world powers (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) need to take some difficult decisions if they want the negotiations with Tehran to move forward and end in a final deal.

“The nuclear negotiations are moving on the right path and we hope that the other side will pave the ground for reaching a final agreement by better understanding of realities and taking hard and necessary decisions,” Takht Ravanchi said in a meeting with his Finnish counterpart Peter Stenlund in Tehran on Tuesday.

The Finnish diplomat, for his part, underlined his country’s enthusiasm for opening a new chapter in relations with Iran, and said, “A valuable opportunity has been created for the settlement of (Iran’s) nuclear issue and Finland has high hopes that the nuclear negotiations will lead to a good result.”

He also underlined the necessity for political settlement of the regional crises, and expressed interest in continued consultations with Iran.

His remarks came as Iranian and American teams of negotiators held several days of talks in Geneva late in February. Then after two days of negotiations, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and President Rouhani’s brother and senior aide Hossein Fereidoun as well as US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz joined their deputies in the talks.

Then Zarif traveled to Montreux, western Switzerland, last week for another three days of nuclear talks with Kerry.

Representatives of Iran and the Group 5+1 also had deputy-level negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program in the city of Montreux following the Zarif-Kerry meeting.

The talks are expected to resume in Geneva on March 15. The same day, Zarif and Kerry plan to resume nuclear negotiations in the Swiss city of Lausanne.

Both Iran and the G5+1 negotiators have underlined that cutting a final deal before the July 10 deadline is possible.

By Fars News Agency