Russia says Iran talks at their most difficult phase; new proposals submitted by Teheran

US Secretary of State John Kerry (left), Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (second from left) and other foreign ministers wait for photographers during a meeting at the hotel where the Iran nuclear talks are being held in Vienna, Austria.
US Secretary of State John Kerry (left), Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (second from left) and other foreign ministers wait for photographers during a meeting at the hotel where the Iran nuclear talks are being held in Vienna, Austria.PHOTO: REUTERS

UFA, Russia (REUTERS) - Nuclear talks between Iran and the world's six major powers have entered their most difficult phase, but all involved parties are working on new proposals submitted by Teheran, Russia's Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday.

"These talks are like alpinists claiming a peak: 95 per cent of the way has been completed, but there are still several steps, the last few metres (which are) the most difficult," Ryabkov told journalists on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in the Russian city of Ufa.

Iran has offered some new solutions to resolve the disputes in the nuclear talks on Wednesday, but Western officials suggested they had heard nothing new from Teheran.