Iran’s Zarif hopes for nuclear deal within ‘reasonable period of time’

ATHENS – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday he hoped Tehran and world powers would reach a final nuclear deal “within a reasonable period of time” but this would be hard if the other side stuck to what he called excessive demands.

Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China reached a tentative framework for a nuclear pact on April 2 but several

issues remain unresolved. They have a self-imposed June 30 deadline to arrive at a comprehensive agreement. “If the other side respects what has been agreed in Lausanne and tries to draft, based on mutual respect, a comprehensive agreement with Iran that is sustainable…, then we can meet any deadline,” Zarif said after meeting his Greek counterpart. “If people insist on excessive demands, on renegotiation, then it will be difficult to envisage an agreement even without a deadline,” he said in Athens.



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