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Iran nuclear deal possible in six months: Sweden

Published on Feb 4, 2014 8:26 PM

TEHERAN (AFP) - Sweden's foreign minister, the latest high-level Western diplomat to visit Teheran, said on Tuesday that a comprehensive international nuclear agreement with Iran is possible within six months, media reported.

"If there is a good will on both sides a deal is possible within a very ambitious time scale of six months," Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Iran clinched the interim deal in November with the P5+1 group - Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany - under which it agreed to curb its controversial nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

The six-month agreement, which took effect on Jan 20, is intended to buy time to negotiate a comprehensive accord that would reassure Western powers that Iran's nuclear programme is entirely peaceful, as Teheran has long maintained.

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