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    Iran's Nuclear Program Amid Western Sanctions (551)

    Tuesday marks the deadline for reaching a deal between Iran and the P5+1 group over Tehran's nuclear program.

    VIENNA (Sputnik) — The ongoing Iran nuclear talks have entered a very sensitive stage, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said after he landed Tuesday in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

    Zarif was accompanied by the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, and senior presidential adviser Hossein Fereydoun.

    "Talks are at very sensitive stage, Salehi's presence will help a lot, we are certainly making progress," Zarif told Iranian media Tuesday.

    Tuesday marks the deadline for reaching a deal between Iran and the P5+1 – Russia, China, France, Britain, the United States and Germany – over Tehran's nuclear program.

    Iran's top diplomat noted that Iranians will only accept a fair, balanced deal with international negotiators. A good deal cannot be achieved without recognition of Iran rights, he noted.

    "Only a balanced, respectable solution is sustainable otherwise Iran will not accept it," Zarif warned.

    The crucial talks that are aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear research in exchange for sanctions easing are expected to go several days beyond the initial deadline.

    The comprehensive deal, discussed in Vienna, builds on the framework that was agreed on in the Swiss city of Lausanne in April. Tehran is expected to cut back uranium enrichment and decrease the number of centrifuges, but inspection of its nuclear sites remains a contentious issue.

    Iran's Nuclear Program Amid Western Sanctions (551)


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