Jul 3, 2014, 10:21 PM
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Iran to top agenda of Merkel's talks in China: official

Berlin, July 3, IRNA -- The ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers will be on the agenda of Chancellor Angela Merkel's talks when she visits China later this week, a high-ranking German official said here Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Iran nuclear negotiations will play a role in her talks with China's leadership, he said.

As you know these negotiations are in a final phase and can hopefully be wrapped up by the end of the month, the official added, while urging unity on the issue among the E3 plus 3 (Russia, China, the US, France, Britain plus Germany).

The current round of talks, which kicked off on Wednesday, are geared at reaching a deal before a July 20 deadline that would include some curbs on Iran's nuclear program in return for the permanent lifting of sanctions against the country.

Asked by IRNA about Merkel's assessment of the Iran nuclear talks, the German official said it was his impression there was 'a chance' for a final agreement which could satisfy the interests of all sides.

He did stress; however, that there was 'no guarantee' for a successful outcome of the negotiations, pointing to 'the complex issues' involved in the negotiation proccess in Vienna, Austria.

Any deal with Iran must include guarantees that it does not want to seek nuclear weapons, the official reiterated.

Tehran has repeatedly stated it wants nuclear energy for only peaceful civilian purposes.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has even issued a fatwa (religious decree) against the pursuit and possession of nuclear weapons.