Apr 2, 2015, 6:29 PM
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Mousavian upbeat on prospects for Iran nuclear compromise

Berlin, Apr 2, IRNA -- Former Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Seyed Hossein Mousavian voiced optimism that a compromise on Iran's nuclear program could still be reached.

Talking to the German ARD television network, Mousavian said, I think

there will be a compromise. Both Iran and the P5 plus 1 group (the US,

Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) are already working

on a joint declaration.

Both sides will announce their basic agreement, even though

a number of issues are subject for further negotiations until

the July 1 deadline for a comprehensive acccord, he added.

Mousavian said the seven countries would have never announced

plans to release a general joint declaration unless they had not

already agreed on a political framework for a final nuclear accord.

The ex-Iranian diplomat was upbeat on a deal because according to

him both sides recognize the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)

as the framework for talks and because they have already agreed on

all the fundamental issues.

He pointed out the deadline for an Iran nuclear accord had

to be extended because Europe and the US made demands which

went beyond the NPT framework.

Mousavian said Iran has already accepted 80 percent of the

demands which were beyond the NPT framework.

Both sides are now negotiating on the remaining 10-20

percent in a bid to seal an agreement, he added.

The ex-Iranian official made clear Iran's nuclear concessions

had to be followed by the lifting of all sanctions.

Mousavian accused the West of undermining the NPT by

making demands vis-a-vis Iran which went beyond the NPT.

He reaffirmed Iran did not want to acquire nuclear

weapons, pointing to the religious Fatwa.

Mousavian slammed the West for focusing only on Iran's nuclear

program and ignoring the nuclear weapons arsenal of the Zionist