Jul 12, 2014, 3:24 PM
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Araqchi: Relatively good progress in drafting final deal

Tehran, July 12, IRNA – Senior member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team in Vienna Abbas Araqchi said on Saturday that relatively good progress has been made in drafting the final agreement between Iran and G5+1 while "no progress has yet been made over serious issues."

Araqchi is in the Austrian capital along with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and several other senior diplomats for talks with representatives of the world six powers (US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany) over Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

"We have made progress over conceptual issues but no complete agreement has yet been made over main topics," he noted speaking in a televised interview.

The two sides "agreed on over 60 to 65 percent of the text" of the final agreement, Araqchi added noting that the remaining issues weighed heavily.

He expressed hope that arrival of G5+1 foreign ministers at the ongoing talks would lead to "a progress over main conceptual issues."

Araqchi reiterated Tehran's "commitment to its principled stances", noting that Iran would by no means give up its position.

The diplomat said that the Group 5+1 "needed to get prepared to make serious and difficult decisions before the end of the July 20 deadline."

Araqchi stressed if a final deal was reached before the end of the deadline, foreign ministers of the G5+1 would return to Vienna next week otherwise, he added that new decisions will be made based on the present conditions.

We will continue our talks for a few days if deemed necessary, added the diplomat.

However, he stressed if the Iranian side comes to the conclusion that further talks would not be helpful and the other side would not give up its excessive demands, this would be no disaster and world will not come to an end. Iran will continue its (nuclear) programs.