Monday Aug 18, 201408:43 AM GMT
N-talks could bear fruit by November 24: Iran diplomat
Representatives of Iran and the P5+1 hold nuclear talks at the UN headquarters in Vienna on April 8, 2014.
Representatives of Iran and the P5+1 hold nuclear talks at the UN headquarters in Vienna on April 8, 2014.

An Iranian nuclear negotiator says the nuclear discussions between Iran and the P5+1 group could produce results by the end of the new deadline if “irrelevant issues” are not brought up in the talks.

Iran and the P5+1 – the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – could reach a final nuclear deal by November 24 if Tehran’s negotiating sides avoid “killing time and bringing up irrelevant issues” in the talks, said Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi on Monday.

The Iranian diplomat further reaffirmed the Islamic Republic’s goodwill in its nuclear talks with the six countries, stressing that Tehran will not offer limitless flexibility in the negotiations over its nuclear energy program.

“We have told the other side that there are limits to [Iran’s] flexibility, but we think we could reach results,” the Iranian deputy foreign minister stated.

Iran and the P5+1 group are currently in talks to sort out their differences and achieve a final accord aimed at ending the Western dispute over Iran’s civilian nuclear activities.

The two sides clinched an interim deal in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 23, 2013. The deal came into force in January and expired six months later.

In July, Tehran and its negotiating partners agreed on the extension of their discussions until November 24 after they failed to resolve their differences on certain key issues before the previous deadline of July 20.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said it is unlikely that Tehran and the P5+1 will ink a final nuclear deal before the four-month extension period.

MKA/HRB

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