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Iran foreign minister says nuclear deal still possible

Published on May 19, 2014 6:15 AM
 
A file picture taken on April 23, 2014 shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif giving a press conference in Tehran. Zarif said on May 18, 2014 that clinching a final nuclear deal with world powers is still "possible" despite a tough round of talks this week. -- FILE: PHOTO: AFP

TEHERAN (AFP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that clinching a final nuclear deal with world powers was still possible, despite a tough latest round of talks in Vienna.

“Agreement is possible. But illusions need to go. Opportunity shouldn’t be missed again like in 2005,” Mr Zarif wrote on Twitter, referring to Iran’s long-stalled dispute with world powers over its nuclear programme.

Iran and six world powers ended a fourth round of nuclear talks in the Austrian capital on Friday with “no tangible progress”.

Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany – known as the P5+1 group – want Iran to radically scale back its nuclear activities, making any dash for an atomic bomb virtually impossible and easily detectable.

 
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