Nuclear accord ‘possible this week’, says Iran’s Zarif

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (pictured) told FRANCE 24 Tuesday that an agreement with the international community over the country’s nuclear programme could be reached at talks in Geneva later this week.

Zarif also said that Iran could use it its influence to encourage non-Syrian forces fighting in Syria to withdraw from the country.

Speaking to FRANCE 24 in Paris during talks with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius, Zarif said of a possible nuclear accord: “I believe it is possible to reach an agreement during this meeting, but I can only talk for our side, I cannot talk for the other side.” However, Zarif said that a failure to strike a deal in Geneva would not be “a disaster”.

“I believe we’ve come very far in the last three rounds [of talks], so we [only] need to make a few more steps,” said the foreign minister.

The latest round of discussions between Iran and the so-called P5 +1 group – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia, plus Germany – are due to take place on November 7 and 8.

Full article: Nuclear accord ‘possible this week’, says Iran’s Zarif (France 24)

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