Iran daily: Foreign ministers join eve-of-deadline nuclear talks in Vienna

Foreign Ministers from Iran, the US, and European countries will join nuclear talks in Vienna on Saturday, pursuing a comprehensive deal before a June 30 deadline.

US Secretary of State John Kerry set off for the Austrian capital on Friday night, while Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left Tehran on Saturday morning.

Iranian “diplomatic sources close to the negotiations” said the European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius are joining the talks.

There is no word yet on whether Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chinese counterpart Wang Yi will be in Vienna.

Writing on Twitter on Thursday, Zarif backed the Supreme Leader’s “red lines” for a settlement, set out in a Wednesday speech, while declaring his determination for an agreement:

As SL @khamenei_ir stressed,Iranians want a dignified deal and reject excessive demands.Going to Vienna to secure a fair & lasting