Iranian VP: Good nuclear deal at hand if West avoids excessive demands

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri underlined that Tehran and six world powers can reach a “good deal” over the Islamic Republic’s peaceful nuclear program if the West gives up its excessive demands.

“The closer we get to the last moments of (nuclear) negotiations, the more difficult it becomes to take decisions,” Jahangiri said on Friday, referring to the ongoing talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

“We think that if the West gives up its excessive demands, we can definitely reach a good deal,” he stressed.

The Iranian vice president further lauded the country’s negotiating team involved in the talks with the sextet as “one of the strongest diplomatic teams ever formed in the history of a country”, saying that they have successfully defended the Iranian nation’s positions and red lines.

Earlier on Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in Vienna that the talks have been hindered since certain parties have started to change positions and make excessive demands.

“Unfortunately, we are witnessing both shifts in the positions and excessive demands, and we are also witnessing that a number of countries in the (Group) 5+1 have different stances, and this has made the situation difficult,” he said.

Iran and the six powers have been negotiating over the past 22 months to end more than a decade of standoff over Tehran’s civilian nuclear program once and for all.

After missing a self-imposed deadline of June 30 and extra days of tight diplomatic meetings afterwards, the parties decided on Tuesday to continue the talks until Friday in the hope of finalizing the accord.

By Tasnim News Agency