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    Moscow hopes that the talks between Tehran and the P5+1 group of international negotiators in Vienna will see success and, as it appears, this is exactly what is going to happen, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said.

    OSCOW (Sputnik) — Late on Monday night, several media reported that Iran and the P5+1 group have agreed the body of the final agreement and all the annexes to it except for the one on the new resolution by the UN Security Council.

    However, a source in a Western delegation told RIA Novosti that the sides are still quite far from reaching a final deal.

    “We truly hope that progress will be made during this negotiations and everything suggests it will happen,” Ushakov said in an interview with RIA Novosti, RT and VGTRK.

    Iran and the P5+1 group of negotiators, comprising Russia, the United States, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, are trying to secure a deal ensuring the peaceful nature of Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting of sanctions against Iran.

    The deadline for reaching an agreement is July 7.

    P5+1, Tehran Nearing Final Agreement on Iranian Nuclear Program

    The ministers also held a number of bilateral meetings. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif have had two meetings. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his Iranian counterpart as well as with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

    All the participants of the ministerial marathon kept contacts with press to minimum.

    Remaining Differences

    A number of key issues is believed to still remain unresolved, including the mechanism of removal and reintroduction of sanctions against Iran (Snap Back). The P5+1 group reportedly insists on gradual lifting of the restrictions and Tehran wants all the sanctions to be removed right after the final agreement is signed.

    Lausanne Agreements

    Under the preliminary agreement reached in Lausanne on April 2, Iran has agreed to cut the number of centrifuges by more than two-thirds in ten years.

    Iran will reduce the number of centrifuges from 19,000 installed today to 6,104, with only 5,060 of them enriching uranium.

    Iran will not enrich uranium over 3.67 percent for 15 years and will reduce its stockpile from 10,000 kilograms (about 22,000 pounds) of low-enriched uranium (LEU) to 300 kg (660 lbs) of 3.67 percent LEU for at least 15 years.

    Iran has also agreed not to build any new uranium enrichment facilities for a period of at least 15 years.

    Tehran has also agreed to convert its Fordow facility into a scientific research and nuclear technology center and use it exclusively for peaceful purposes.

    Iran will remove almost two-thirds of Fordow's centrifuges and will not use the remaining ones for uranium enrichment. All centrifuges will be monitored by the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency).

    Under the new deal, US and EU nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran will be suspended after the IAEA verifies that Iran has started following through with the key nuclear agreements.

    The UN Security Council will also lift some of its sanctions against Iran and will cancel all of its past resolutions on the Iran nuclear issue.

    Reporters Beleive Vienna Round of Nuclear Talks to Be Over Soon

    It is still unclear whether the negotiations in Vienna will be prolonged for another few days of the participants will decide to leave the Austrian capital and postpone working on the document. On Monday, a source in Iranian delegation said that even if the talks are prolonged until July "there would not be the end of the world."

    Most of the reporters covering the negotiations expect the deal to be reached during the current round. 204 out of 600 journalists accredited at talks took part in an improvised poll, 158 said they believe the deal will be signed during the current round of talks and only some 10 percent said they think otherwise.

    Regarding the date when the agreement will be signed, 62 reporters named July 8, 52 – July 7, and 36 – Thursday, July 9.

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