Final Iran-P5+1 nuclear deal near completion: Russia

Russia says a final agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries on Tehran’s nuclear program is nearing completion and will have annexes as the two sides have wrapped up their latest round of talks in Vienna.

“The text of the agreement [between Iran and the P5+1] is nearing a high degree of readiness,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax while summing up the outcomes of the four-day talks in the Austrian capital on Friday.

He added that the general text of the nuclear agreement would have annexes specifying some of its aspects.

“These annexes will cover various fields, that is, they will explain what stands behind more general understandings in each series and will explain what will have to be done in the interests of implementing the understandings and guaranteeing them,” the Russian negotiator said.

He noted that Iran and the six global powers managed to make tangible progress in their negotiations but gave no exact date by which the two sides could finish the work on the text of the final agreement.

“I can acknowledge that we are approaching the moment when a consolidated text has come into being, even though with some uncoordinated fragments, but there is a consolidated text, which, as we hope, will eventually become a result, with the relevant brackets removed and solutions found,” Ryabkov said.

“Unlike long periods in the past, we have steady progress now,” he pointed out.

Ryabkov’s remarks came after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed optimism over reaching a final nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of countries.

If the other side shows “seriousness” in the ongoing negotiations, “an agreement is very likely,” said Zarif in an interview with German magazine Spiegel published on Friday.

Iran and the P5+1 countries – the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany,  – have been negotiating to reach a comprehensive agreement over Iran’s civilian nuclear activities, and have set June 30 as the deadline for the conclusion of the deal.

By Press TV