Zarif: Time for West to make choice between coercion, agreement

ran is willing to spare no efforts to fight extremism after a deal on its controversial nuclear program is reached, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said in an article published in the Financial Times on Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The P5+1 group, the European Union and Iran are holding negotiations aimed at reaching a deal that would ensure a peaceful nature of Tehran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the relief of sanctions imposed on the country.

“With a final nuclear agreement at hand, I hope my counterparts will make the historic choice between co-operation and conflict. Most of all, I hope focus and resources will soon be shifted to where they are needed most; if we do not forcefully confront the menace of violent extremism soon, it will confront us.”

According to Zarif, all the members of the P5+1 group of international negotiators (China, France, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany) and Iran share threats posed by “increasingly brutal extremism” spreading in the Middle East and even extending into Europe, which will continue to expand unless it is stopped.

“To deal with this alarming challenge, new approaches are an imperative. International efforts are needed to fight this international battle.”