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Iran: Nuclear deal by November deadline unlikely

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AP: Iran’s foreign minister said Friday that Tehran is unlikely to reach a final nuclear accord with world powers by a November deadline. Parliament’s news website quoted Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying that even if a general agreement is reached before the deadline, the two sides will require more time to discuss details. “Hence, it is unlikely to reach a final conclusion before a four-month span,” he said.

 

The Associated Press.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister said Friday that Tehran is unlikely to reach a final nuclear accord with world powers by a November deadline.

Parliament’s news website quoted Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying that even if a general agreement is reached before the deadline, the two sides will require more time to discuss details. “Hence, it is unlikely to reach a final conclusion before a four-month span,” he said.

Zarif said the talks could “quickly” reach a conclusion if world powers show “strong will.” He said the other side has moved cautiously over the past few months but that the negotiations are making progress.

Iran and the P5+1 group – the U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany – in July extended their nuclear talks to November. Western powers have long suspected Iran is secretly pursuing a nuclear weapons capability alongside its civilian program, charges denied by Tehran, which says its nuclear program is entirely for peaceful purposes like power generation and the manufacture of medical isotopes.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate, was elected last year after vowing to engage with Western powers to resolve the decade-old nuclear impasse and get crippling sanctions lifted.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who makes the final decision on all major issues, has lent support to the talks but expressed doubt they will lead anywhere. On Wednesday Khamenei said the United States had only grown more hostile to Iran since the talks began, and that there was no point in holding direct negotiations with Washington.

The director general of the U.N. nuclear watchdog is meanwhile due to visit Iran on Sunday, the IAEA said in a statement. It said Yukiya Amano’s visit is “part of the efforts to advance dialogue and cooperation between the Agency and Iran.”

The IAEA is trying to investigate allegations that Iran secretly worked on nuclear weapons — something Tehran denies. The U.S. and its allies insist that any overall nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic must include a conclusion by the agency that Iran has fully cooperated with its probe.

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