Skip to comments.Iranian Foreign Minister Questions Western Commitment to Nuclear Deal
Posted on 03/09/2014 6:10:28 AM PDT by mac_truck
TEHRAN, IranIran and the six major powers it is negotiating with can still reach a full nuclear deal by July's target date, but only if Western countries show a "desire" to pursue a deal, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Sunday.
Speaking alongside European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who chairs the group, Mr. Zarif said Iran remains "determined" to seek a deal.
However, he signaled doubts about Western commitment to complete an accord.
"It is up to the other side" to "come to the negotiating table with a desire, decision and commitment to reach a mutually acceptable agreement," he said.
"I believe if that is the case, we can do it within the five months or four months that is left from the first phase."
Iran and the six powers reached a six-month interim deal in November that rolled back some of the most advanced parts of Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for an easing of sanctions.
The agreement came into effect on Jan. 20, giving the two sides a July target date to complete a comprehensive nuclear agreement. However, the negotiations can be rolled over for a further six months.
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