N-deal should entail agreement on all subjects: Iran

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham holds weekly press conference

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham holds weekly press conference

Tehran, March 18 (IANS) Unless the negotiating parties in the ongoing talks agree on all the subjects of discussions, there would be no nuclear agreement, Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Wednesday in a weekly press briefing.

Asked whether there was a chance for an agreement in the coming days, she said “the talks have legal and complex dimensions and we have to wait for the developments in the coming days”, Xinhua news agency reported.

The ongoing talks between Iran and six major world powers in Switzerland were focused on narrowing down the existing differences on a number of topics pertaining to Iran’s nuclear issue, Afkham said.

“The talks are very complicated and are at a crucial stage. The (Iranian) negotiating team is in for the intensive work days and they are trying to reduce the differences” over the country’s nuclear issue, Afkham told the reporters.

“We have had good progress in the technical aspects (in the recent days) and most of the relevant problems have been solved,” she said, adding that in the political and sanctions sectors the talks were continuing.

The representatives from the P5+1 group, namely Britain, China, France, Russia, the US pus Germany, are scheduled to meet together and hold talks with Iran on Wednesday in Lausanne, Switzerland, following bilateral talks between Iran and the US.

It has been over 15 months since Iran and the world’s major countries agreed to come back to the negotiating table to discuss the controversial Iranian nuclear programme.

Under an interim deal between Iran and the P5+1 group inked in November, 2013, Iran said it would suspend critical nuclear activities in return for some ease of sanctions, with all sides seeking a final and comprehensive deal.

The six world powers had set a June 30 deadline to forge a final and comprehensive agreement, but the US has said that it hoped to reach a “framework agreement” by the end of March.