FM urges world powers to seize opportunity to strike deal with Iran

Tehran, April 29, IRNA — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) to seize the opportunity and strike a final agreement with Iran.

‘The opportunity for achieving a nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and the G5+1 should not be wasted,” said Zarif in an interview at the New York University on Wednesday.

‘There is a general agreement on the concepts of the deal, which we call parameters of the agreement,” he added.

The Iranian foreign minister stated that a 2013 report by the IAEA admits that after Japan, Iran has accepted the highest number of inspections of its nuclear facilities while Japan has ten times more nuclear sites.

The top Iranian diplomat once again emphasized Iran’s stance with regard to the relief of sanctions, saying that they should be lifted as soon as the final deal is reached.

He said Iran’s opposite party in the nuclear negotiations is the US government and not the US Congress or the US Supreme Court.

Zarif said the main precondition for reaching a permanent agreement on Iran’s nuclear program is political will, saying that such a will was absent in similar talks between 2002 and 2005, when some powers sought excuses.

The Iranian top diplomat said Iran welcomes the opportunity to use peaceful nuclear technology by all countries, but big powers and the regime of Israel still pose a huge threat to the global peace and security by possessing nuclear warheads.