After three days of talks in Vienna US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif agreed on the half of the final draft on Teheran nuclear program deal, while the second part of the document should be completed by July 20.
The BRICS countries, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have agreed that the Iranian nuclear problem should be settled by political and diplomatic means. "While reiterating our view that there is no alternative to a negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue, we reaffirm our support to its resolution through political and diplomatic means and dialogue," the BRICS leaders said in the Fortaleza Declaration adopted at their summit meeting on Tuesday.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano discussed the situation surrounding the Iranian nuclear program on the sidelines of dialogs between the P5+1 group and Iran on Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, Interfax reports.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that he had a "good meeting" with his Iranian counterpart and a senior European Union official over Tehran's nuclear program ahead of July 20 deadline for an agreement, informs Reuters.
No agreement had been reached on the most important issues facing the Iran-US talks in Vienna so far, Iran's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abbas Araghchi, told journalists on Monday. "The negotiations with US Secretary of State John Kerry were difficult but useful," the diplomat noted. "However, there is still no progress on key issues".
US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif for a second day in a row on Monday to see if he can make progress on reaching a deal on Tehran's nuclear program before a June 20 deadline, a US official said. Kerry would "gauge Iran's willingness to make the critical choices it needs to make," the senior State Department official said.
Iran and six world powers have managed to remove some of their differences during a fresh round of nuclear talks in Vienna, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told reporters on Sunday. It will be clear in the coming days whether the sides will be able to finalize the agreement by the 20 July deadline fixed in last year’s Geneva accords, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday.
Iran's top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif, says Tehran has no interest in building an atomic bomb, despite Western powers' claims to the contrary. Zarif's comments, in a television interview, due to be broadcast on Sunday, when Iran engages in talks with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, aimed at a grand bargain reducing in scope the Islamic republic's nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.
US Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Austria early Sunday to help steer the final stretches of negotiations between global powers and Iran over Tehran's suspect nuclear programme as a deadline for a deal looms. Buoyed by his success in brokering an end to deadlock over disputed elections in Afghanistan, the top US diplomat arrived from Kabul and was to meet later Sunday with his European counterparts aiming to wrap up a pact before July 20.
The foreign ministers of P5+1 group of countries (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) will join negotiations on Iran's nuclear program upon arriving in the Austrian capital this weekend. Critical differences that are making it impossible to draft the final document before July 20 as initially planned makes their presence in Vienna imperative. US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier and French foreign policy chief, Laurent Fabius, have confirmed they are coming to Vienna.
Iran's chief negotiator in nuclear talks in Vienna warned Saturday that Tehran is ready to walk away if "excessive" Western demands cause a failure, a day before foreign ministers try to inject momentum. Eight days before a deadline for a deal, Abbas Araqchi said however that he hoped that the attendance from Sunday of foreign ministers including US Secretary of State John Kerry would help overcome "deep differences" that remain.
Moscow to uphold unity among P5+1 during negotiations with Iran if it doesn't contradict Russia's interests
During negotiations in Vienna, Iran and the Sextet of international mediators have coordinated more than half of the text of an agreement on the final settlement of the Iranian nuclear problem, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said on Saturday. "Some 60-70 percent of the agreement is currently ready, but the remaining parts touch upon issues causing the biggest controversy," Iranian media quote Araghchi.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers from the six powers negotiating with Iran on its nuclear program will travel to Vienna this weekend to help break the logjam in the talks, a senior Western official said on Thursday. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will travel to Vienna, a French diplomatic source said.
Talks between Iran and the P5+1 (five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) on Tehran's nuclear program hindered, and there are still no signs of progress, a diplomatic source told ITAR-TASS today. "Talks faltered," he stated. The diplomat also admitted that chances to close talks in due time - i.e. by July 20 still remained, however, "they are diminishing". "I would estimate an opportunity to complete them timely at 60%," the source assumed.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to YouTube on Wednesday to deliver a message that Iran was ready to take steps to ensure its nuclear program remains peaceful but would not "kneel in submission" to do a deal with major powers. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran would need to significantly increase its uranium enrichment capacity, highlighting a gap in positions between Tehran and the world powers.
The six world powers negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program are "completely united", Michael Mann, the spokesperson for European Union foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton said on Wednesday, reports Reuters.The group of countries - the United States, Russia, France, Germany, China and Britain - "has been united and is still united", Michael Mann, spokesman for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, told reporters. Ashton coordinates the talks on behalf of the six states.
Tehran has condemned Israeli air raids in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, urging the West to use its influence and convince Israel to prevent a "human catastrophe".
Tehran is not going to interfere in Iraq's internal affairs because of the group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's (ISIL) activities in this country, Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei said. "Our policy is such that we don't interfere in Iraq's affairs," Sanaei said in an interview with the Russian news TV channel Rossiya-24.
US authorities have begun to negotiate with Germany's Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank over their dealings with countries blacklisted by American government. That is another crackdown on European banks who are not happy with the US sanctions policy. The talks with state and federal authorities have just begun, a source said, however, the timing of a deal is not set, Reuters reports.