Jul 9, 2014, 12:19 PM
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Tehran determined to make nuclear deal but not at any price

Tehran, July 9, IRNA – Iran is determined to make a nuclear deal with Group 5+1 but not at any price, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said here on Wednesday.

Commenting on the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and the world six powers (five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), Afkham said the talks "are going on in a slow pace."

Speaking to reporters at her weekly press conference, she said, "Tehran hopes to reach a lasting, reasonable and fair deal within the framework of the set deadline" ending July 20.

However, she added, "The time is not the only thing that matters. Our objective is to reach the desired nuclear deal."

Referring to the issues discussed during the Vienna 6 talks, Afkham said, "We moved from easy topics to difficult ones. All topics have been categorized and discussed one by one. The two sides made some agreements on issues which were agreeable to both."

However, she noted some progresses have so far been made during the Vienna 6 talks but they were made in a slow pace.

Afkham expressed hope that a "reasonable decision would be made through the realistic view taken by the other side towards Iran's peaceful nuclear program."

She added that there were some reports saying that foreign ministers of the participating countries are to join the Vienna 6 talks in the coming days in order to continue consultations.

Afkham reiterated Tehran's readiness to continue serious and professional talks.