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Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says there are divisions among the six world powers, which make up the side opposite Iran in the Geneva talks on Tehran's nuclear energy program. Zarif made the remark after a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Geneva, Switzerland, on Saturday. He said that it is not clear yet whether an agreement would be reached on “a joint statement” on Saturday night but stressed that “progress so far has not been too bad.” “It is improbable that the negotiations would continue tomorrow. Another meeting needs to be convened if necessary,” he said. The top Iranian diplomat noted that if a deal is not reached in the talks in Geneva on Saturday, negotiations could continue in a week to ten days. He also said that details needed to be worked out in drafting a statement, adding that an “agreement was reached on some issues but certain disagreements still remained.” Intense negotiations are underway in Geneva between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain - plus Germany over Tehran’s nuclear energy program. The two-day talks began in Geneva on Thursday but stretched into an unscheduled third day as negotiators pressed for a deal on Iran’s civilian nuclear work. AR/HGH
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