Iran seeks final nuclear deal but not at any costStaff writer ▼ | January 29, 2015
Iran is seeking final agreement with the world powers over its nuclear issue although the talks are at difficult stage, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said.
Negotiations Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham:
Iran and the P5+1 group, including Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany, agreed in November 2014 to extend the deadline for another seven months.
The six powers agreed with Iran and were trying to reach a political agreement before the end of March, with a view to reaching a final deal by June 30.
The Iranian nuclear negotiators use every opportunity to narrow down the differences with the powers in a run for a comprehensive nuclear deal, Afkham said in her weekly press briefing.
Iranian nuclear experts also actively engaged in the negotiation process and the country has proposed its initiatives to this end, she said.
"Although the talks are very sensitive and difficult and the gaps have been tapered, we still need further negotiations," the Iranian official said.
"The negotiations are at the crucial stage and, as many observe, only a few steps are left (for conclusion), and the final steps are highly significant," she said.
The Iranian spokeswoman reiterated earlier remarks by the Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif, stressing that "nobody will suffer the loss from the (potential) agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group, and we hope that all the countries will be realistic in this regard."
On Tuesday, Zarif said that a comprehensive nuclear agreement will not hurt anybody and will benefit all the countries, particularly the regional states, according to official IRNA news agency. ■