Jul 11, 2014, 7:47 PM
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German FM to head to Vienna for Iran nuclear talks: official

Berlin, Jul 11, IRNA -- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will join Iran nuclear talks in Vienna on Sunday following an invitation by European Union foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer told the press here Friday.

Steinmeier is to meet with his counterparts from the E3 plus 3 as well as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif aimed at reviewing the progress of the Iran nuclear negotiations, according to Schaefer who reiterated his country's commitment to reach a comprehensive final accord by the July 20 deadline.

Schaefer stressed while the ongoing negotiations were 'difficult, they were also very focused and concrete.'

He made clear again a solution was 'still possible', if Tehran budges on what Schaefer termed 'essential and decisive questions.'

Earlier this week, Berlin dismissed claims by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius who pointed to differences between Russia and some of the other five world powers

negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program.

Schaefer emphasized on Wednesday there was a 'high degree of understanding within the E3 plus 3 (the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China - and Germany) laying the basis for a solution with Iran which would be acceptable for all sides.