"Iran hopes that the bogus crisis relating to Iran’s nuclear program would be resolved fairly next year,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said in her last weekly press conference in the current Iranian year, which ends on Friday.
Iranian and US diplomats have launched a decisive round of diplomacy in the Swiss city of Lausanne since Sunday to pave the way for a landmark nuclear agreement between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).
Afkham made it clear in her press conference that "very intensive and sensitive” talks are underway in Switzerland.
"On technical discussions, much progress has been achieved,” she added.
In similar comments on Tuesday, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi, who is engaged in technical talks with US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, said they have managed to overcome differences on 90 percent of the issues in the course of talks.
"We have reached mutual understanding on a majority of issues, there just remains a single sticking point, which is very important,” Salehi told IRIB.
Elsewhere, she said she would not confirm an Al Jazeera report that the Lausanne talks have been extended until Saturday.