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Ministers fail to broker Iran talks breakthrough
by Staff Writers
Vienna (AFP) July 13, 2014


'Trust is a two-way street' in nuclear talks: Iran FM
Tehran (AFP) July 13, 2014 - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday just days ahead of a deadline for a nuclear deal that "trust is a two-way street" demanding good faith on all sides.

And in a second tweet posted on his official Twitter account, he added: "I won't engage in blame games or spin. Not my style. What I will engage in is a sincere effort to come to an agreement. I expect the same" from the world powers negotiating with Iran in Vienna.

Zarif's comments came several hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Austria for the final round of the P5+1 negotiations, telling reporters that significant gaps remain in the talks.

Kerry said: "We need to see if we can make some progress ... it is vital to make certain that Iran is not going to develop a nuclear weapon, that their programme is peaceful."

Iran has always denied that it is pursuing a nuclear bomb. Zarif's comments seemed aimed at reiterating the Islamic republic's position that its atomic programme is for peaceful energy purposes only.

His first tweet said: "We're able to make history by this time next Sunday. Trust is a two-way street. Concerns of all sides must be addressed to reach a deal."

Iran's talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are aimed at a grand bargain to reduce the scope of Iran's nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.

Such a deal is meant to quash for good concerns about Tehran getting an atomic weapon after a decade of failed diplomacy, threats of war and expanding nuclear activities.

Iran's chief negotiator Abbas Araqchi told state television on Saturday that Tehran was prepared to walk away from the talks if "excessive" Western demands cause the negotiations to fail.

An interim deal agreed in November between the P5+1 and Iran expires on July 20, though it could be extended at this week's talks to enable further negotiations.

Western foreign ministers appeared Sunday to have failed in their mission to inject momentum into talks with Iran in Vienna, seven days before the deadline to strike a momentous nuclear deal.

The talks were set to continue, however, with US Secretary of State John Kerry remaining in the Austrian capital for further discussions on Monday.

The sought-after accord is aimed at killing off once and for all worries that Iran might develop nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian programme, and silence talk of war.

Iran denies seeking the bomb and wants the lifting of all UN and Western sanctions, which have caused it major economic problems.

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have been negotiating almost constantly for months, but the talks have come up against major problems -- as expected.

Kerry and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany arrived Sunday in Vienna seeking to press Iran to make key concessions.

The three European ministers left late Sunday however saying no breakthrough had been made, although Kerry remained for likely further discussions with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday.

Zarif told reporters that "some important headway" had been made but that it "didn't solve any problems".

Russia and China sent only lower-ranking officials, with Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Li Baodong urging both sides "to show flexibility".

Kerry said on arrival that "very significant gaps" remained, while Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi said that on all the important issues, no narrowing of positions was evident.

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who like the others held one-on-one talks with Zarif, was the most downbeat, warning that "the ball is in Iran's court".

"It is now up to Iran to decide to take the path of cooperation ... I hope that the days left will be enough to create some reflection in Tehran," he said.

Britain's William Hague said that no "decisive breakthrough" was achieved and that there remained a "huge gap" on the key issue of uranium enrichment -- an activity that can produce fuel for the country's sole nuclear plant or, if further enriched, the matter for an atomic bomb.

The six powers want Iran to reduce dramatically the scope of its enrichment programme, while Tehran wants to expand it.

- Israeli pressure -

Israel, the Middle East's sole if undeclared nuclear weapons state and which together with Washington has refused to rule out military action, is opposed to any enrichment by Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that any nuclear deal leaving Iran with the capability to pursue this activity would be "catastrophic".

"It would be a disaster for the United States and for everyone else," he told Fox News, adding that "a bad deal is actually worse than no deal".

Araqchi said: "Concerning enrichment, our position is clear and rational. As the supreme guide said, the enrichment programme has been planned with the real needs of the country in mind, meaning our need to ensure reactor fuel."

On Saturday, Araqchi said Iran was ready to walk away from the talks if the world powers pushed on with "excessive" demands.

- Extension -

If no agreement is reached by next Sunday when a six-month interim accord with Iran runs out, both sides can decide to extend the pact for longer and keep talking.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that if a deal was not struck, "we either extend, a so-called rollover, or we will have to say that unfortunately there is no perspective for a deal".

But such an extension is possible only if both sides agree, and the United States in particular is opposed to such a move unless Tehran first offers major concessions.

Hague said Sunday that such a move "will only be discussed if no progress can be made. It is still too early."

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