Iran’s Zarif opposes 2-stage nuclear deal: Source

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is opposed a two-stage agreement in the ongoing nuclear negotiation with the US and EU representatives, rejecting a US daily claim to the contrary, said an Iranian source close to the negotiation team in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Reacting Thursday to a New York Times article, claiming that the Iranian foreign minister prefers a two-stage accord, the source said Zarif has persistently rejected a two-phase agreement adding, “Mr. Zarif has steadily underlined inside and outside of the negotiations that Iran’s nuclear issue is a national and a non-partisan matter.”

In the article published Tuesday, the major US daily claimed, “Iran’s top negotiator, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, has made it clear to his Western counterparts that keeping hard-liners in the country in check … is a delicate art. His fear is that a deal that details Iranian compromises could give them an opening to scuttle a final deal.”

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (1st R), head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi (2nd-R), US Secretary of State John Kerry (1st L), US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (2nd L), and others at a meeting at Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne on March 26, 2015. (©AFP)

Zarif and his negotiating team had continued their intense marathon talks with the American side in Lausanne the previous week when the top Iranian diplomat also took some time to meet one-on-one in the Belgian capital of Brussels with the European foreign ministers of the P5+1 group – Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, Philip Hammond of Britain and France’s Laurent Fabius. Zarif also sat down with EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, in Brussels.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany – have been in talks to resolve outstanding issues surrounding the Islamic Republic’s peaceful nuclear program.

By Press TV