The EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, says a final deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries over Tehran’s nuclear program is “very close” as a July 7 deadline approaches.
"We are very close," Mogherini told reporters on Sunday as she returned to the Austrian capital, Vienna, the venue of the nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers over the past nine days.
"The atmosphere is constructive, positive," she added.
The EU official said the negotiating parties are showing the political will to strike a comprehensive deal, adding, "Now it is a matter of seeing all together if this political will manages to translate into political decisions."
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China - plus Germany have been holding intense talks at the Palais Coburg in Vienna over the past nine days to hammer out a final deal.
After intense talks between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry over the weekend, foreign ministers of other members of the P5+1 are returning to Vienna in the hopes of finalizing a deal.
All cards on table: French FM
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday that "all the cards are on the table" in the nuclear talks.
"These negotiations began 12 years ago and now we are 72 hours away from the moment when they should conclude. Moreover, all the cards are on the table, the main question is to know whether the Iranians will accept making clear commitments on what until now has not been clarified," Fabius told reporters upon his arrival in Vienna.
The French foreign minister’s remarks came after John Kerry said "genuine progress" has been made in the nuclear talks.
"Over the past few days we have in fact made genuine progress, but I want to be absolutely clear with everybody we are not yet where we need to be on several of the most difficult issues," Kerry told reporters in the Austrian capital.