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    Iran, P5+1 Discuss New Ideas, Solutions Expected on Sunday

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    Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi has announced that certain progress has been made in the ongoing Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne.

    LAUSANNE (Sputnik) – Certain progress has been made in the ongoing Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi has announced, adding that concrete decisions are expected to be made on Sunday.

    "We have made some progress in the form of developing new ideas, but we don't have any solution yet. We hope that we can come to a conclusion on these new ideas and make some solutions tomorrow," Araqchi told journalists on Saturday, answering a question from a Sputnik reporter.

    Earlier, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who arrived in Lausanne on Saturday, announced that the P5+1 group of international negotiators and Tehran "have never been so close to a deal," but stressed that some critical issues remain unsolved.

    China's chief negotiator at the Iran nuclear talks, Wang Qun, told RIA Novosti on Saturday that Russia and China were working on new proposals to resolve the remaining differences on the Iranian nuclear program.

    The West has been accusing Iran of working on the development of nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian program. Tehran has repeatedly stressed that its nuclear activities are aimed at meeting Iran's growing energy needs and are for peaceful purposes only.

    Since November 2013, Tehran and the P5+1 group, which includes Russia, the United States, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, have been holding talks aimed at reaching an agreement that will ensure the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program.

    The most recent round of negotiations on Iran started in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Thursday and will last until Sunday, March 29.

    The final agreement on Iran's nuclear activities is expected to be reached by July, 2015. The political framework for the deal should be agreed upon by the end of March.


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