Zarif reviews nuclear talks developments with Chinese counterpart

Tehran, March 24, IRNA – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reviewed the latest nuclear talks developments with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

In a phone conversation on Tuesday, the two foreign ministers discussed ways of settling the issues remaining before a comprehensive nuclear agreement.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei on Tuesday expressed satisfaction with the conduct of Iran nuclear talks referring to it as important, good and constructive.

Speaking to reporters, Hong said the outcome of the discussions was remarkable and significant.

He said both sides raised their plans despite there were some disagreements over certain views.

All negotiating parties are determined to put an end to years of dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program, said the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson.

On the role China plays in the talks, Hong said that Beijing tries to maintain its impartial position, while it has always been playing a constructive role in Iran’s nuclear case and will continue to do so.

He expressed hope that negotiations between Iran and the six world powers – known as the P5+1 – would produce good results, stressing that the outcome of talks would benefit everyone.

The nuclear negotiating teams are to resume their talks as of Wednesday in the Swiss city of Laussane.

Zarif and the US Secretary of State John Kerry are to hold a fresh round of talks in Lausanne on Thursday.

Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) hope to reach a political understanding by the end of March and clinch a comprehensive deal by a self-imposed June 30 deadline.

Iran and the P5+1 – the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – are engaged in intense negotiations to work out a comprehensive agreement aimed at ending the longstanding dispute over the Islamic Republic’s civilian nuclear work.

Negotiators have reported progress ahead of a July 1 deadline to reach an agreement.

On Friday, the sixth day of the latest round of negotiations in the Swiss city of Lausanne, another meeting was held between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Kerry.

Following his talks with Kerry, Zarif said on Friday, “We made good progress over this week. We’ve done a lot of hard work, but some work remains ahead.”

On Saturday, Kerry said that ‘substantial progress’ had been made toward a final accord.