Iran and West Start Drafting Permanent Agreement

Iran and world powers have started drafting a comprehensive nuclear agreement but still face many sticking points, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday, according to the AFP news agency.

“Today we have slowly begun to draft the final agreement… but there are still many differences” over the text, the ISNA news agency quoted Zarif as saying from Vienna.

“This does not mean we have reached an agreement,” he stressed, adding that “fundamental disagreements” continue to divide Iran and the P5+1 powers – Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany.

In the remarks to IRNA, Araqchi said “it won’t be a catastrophe” if the July 20 target date is not met.

“We hope to start work on Wednesday on drafting the text of a final agreement, not the big issues but the general framework and the introduction,” Araqchi said, according to AFP.

“There is a still a long way to go before we reach an agreement acceptable to all sides.”

Throughout the talks, Iran has declared that it will never give up on what it sees as its right to enrichment.

Full article: Iran and West Start Drafting Permanent Agreement (Arutz Sheva 7)

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