MOSCOW, November 22 (Sputnik) — US Secretary of State John Kerry said that talks between the P5+1 group of international mediators and Tehran on Iranian nuclear program show "cautious progress", but differences in opinions remain, Reuters reported Saturday.
"We hope we’re making careful progress, but we have big gaps, we still have some serious gaps, which we’re working to close," Kerry said as quoted by Reuters.
The final round of talks on the Iranian nuclear program between Tehran and the P5+1 group of international negotiators comprising Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China and Germany, began in Vienna Tuesday.
Tehran claims its nuclear development is aimed purely at civilian needs, such as meeting the country's growing energy needs. However, the West suspects Iran of developing a nuclear weapon under the guise of a peaceful program. Iran's earlier nuclear activities triggered the imposition of sanctions against Iran by the United States, the UN Security Council and the European Union.
In 2013, the international negotiators agreed to reach a long-term deal with Tehran that would guarantee a peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program by July 2014, however the deadline was later postponed to November 24.