Iran's FM hopes for nu­clear ac­cord

The Financial Daily - - INTERNATIONAL -

MOSCOW: Ira­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif said Tehran hoped to reach a "pos­i­tive re­sult" in talks with world pow­ers on its nu­clear pro­gramme ahead of a Novem­ber dead­line, thanks in part to sup­port from Rus­sia.

"In that short pe­riod of time that is left, we hope that we can reach a pos­i­tive re­sult," said Zarif, speak­ing through a trans­la­tor at a news con­fer­ence on Fri­day with his Rus­sian coun­ter­part Sergei Lavrov.

Iran and global pow­ers are work­ing to strike a com­pre­hen­sive agree­ment by a Nov. 24 dead­line, un­der which Iran would curb its nu­clear ac­tiv­i­ties in ex­change for an eas­ing of eco­nomic sanc­tions that have crip­pled its econ­omy. The talks in­clude the United States, Bri­tain, Rus­sia, China, Ger­many and France to­gether with Iran, a for­mat known as the 6 +1. Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergei Lavrov said Moscow ad­vo­cated a solution that would ac­knowl­edge Iran's right to peace­ful nu­clear ac­tiv­ity. "We ex­pect that the con­tin­u­ing 6+1 talks will al­low the con­clu­sion of such a res­o­lu­tion," he said.

Moscow has helped to bridge dif­fer­ences be­tween Iran and other world pow­ers over Tehran's nu­clear ac­tiv­i­ties, which the West fears could be a front to de­velop nu­clear weapons. Iran says it needs nu­clear power to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity. Ear­lier this month, Rus­sia and Iran an­nounced a big oil-for­food deal, high­light­ing the prob­lems both coun­tries face in over­com­ing West­ern sanc­tions.

Tehran's econ­omy has been strug­gling for years, while Rus­sia's has been hit by sanc­tions against its fi­nance, oil and de­fence sec­tors over the Ukraine cri­sis. Few de­tails were dis­closed, but sources told Reuters in Jan­uary that the two sides were ne­go­ti­at­ing a deal worth $1.5 bil­lion a month that would en­able Iran to lift oil ex­ports sub­stan­tially, West­ern diplo­mats say there has been lit­tle or no nar­row­ing of dif­fer­ences on the is­sue of Iran's ca­pac­ity to en­rich ura­nium, an ac­tiv­ity that can have both civil­ian and mil­i­tary uses.-Reuters

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