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Iran will insist that all sanctions against it are lifted as a condition for a nuclear deal, the foreign minister said on Wednesday, showing no sign of compromise on a major sticking point in its talks with world powers set to resume this week.
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi voiced pleasure in the good progress made in the last round of the nuclear talks between Iran and the six major world powers in Switzerland, and said Tehran is after a win-win agreement.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and senior negotiator Majid Takht Ravanchi underlined good progress in the last round of nuclear talks with the world powers, but said a final agreement could be struck only if the opposite side accepts the realities and takes a serious and firm decision.
Iran’s nuclear negotiating team headed by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left Tehran for Lausanne, Switzerland, to attend another round of talks with Group 5+1.
A senior Iranian diplomat involved in the talks with six world powers over Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program said that the negotiations are in final stages and that a deal is at hand.
Head of strategic research center of Expediency Council Ali Akbar Velayati said that the Iranian nuclear negotiating team is pushing forward talks with P5+1 within the framework drawn by the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Two Iranian nationals, including a Tasnim News Agency reporter, were among those on board the doomed Germanwings flight that ploughed into an Alpine mountainside on Tuesday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the U.S. Senate would vote on a bill to toughen sanctions on Iran if international negotiators miss a deadline at the end of this month for reaching a framework nuclear agreement.
US Department of State spokesperson Jen Psaki renounced allegations over the US Congress reliance on Israeli intelligence in the Iran nuclear deal.
The US State Department stated that the US would send more than a dozen officials to join US Secretary of State John Kerry in Switzerland during negotiations between the P5+1 group of countries and Iran.