"Lots of friends thing that maybe the talks reach the final stage during the New York trip. But it is impossible even in physical and operational terms,” asserted Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi in an interview on TV on Monday.
We were to reach the final agreement by the end of the 6-month Geneva term, in which we failed. Although in the final days we did our best for 18 days, we managed to extend the talks for 4 more months, he said.
Araqchi stated "Of course there are disagreements, some of which are deep, yet there are solutions for the rest and we will continue our efforts.”
He expressed hope that the negotiating sides could start a new series of efforts to reach agreement starting September 18 during the UN General Assembly in New York.
He also pointed to the bilateral talks with the 5+1 countries and said that by holding the bilateral talks, Iran would get ready for talks with the 5+1.
"On September 17 the negotiations will begin with a working lunch with Mrs. Ashton and Mr. Zarif. The following day talks with the 5+1 will kick off,” he maintained.
We are not disappointed and we hope that by November 24 we can walk the path and reach agreement, which is possible if our demands are met.
He asserted "We should never imagine that our enrichment program may be limited to a small, research scale or something symbolic and decorative for that matter. The program is surely to be industrial.”
"We admit the fact that the Arak heavy water raises concerns,” he stated, adding that although heavy water facilities are in occasions used for the development of nuclear weapons, Iran has no such intention.
Another important topic of the negotiations is how the sanctions should be removed, which to us is the key point.
"According to the Geneva agreement, one of the axes of the final agreement is that the sanctions have to be lifted entirely. If this does not happen, there will naturally be no agreement,” he said.