The Iranian foreign minister says Iran will not accept any “incomplete and vague” nuclear agreement and there will be no resolution until all matters have been settled.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, who’s in Geneva to meet with John Kerry, his American counterpart, told Iran’s Central News on Sunday February 22: “There have been some good discussions over the sanctions and other issues, but certain issues have still yielded no agreement and some differences in this regard remain.”
Zarif added that the main point of contention is based on the mentality of some European countries and the U.S. and especially certain factions inside the U.S. that “feel the sanctions are an asset for them, when in fact these sanctions have yielded no benefits for them.”
The UN Security Council has launched several rounds of sanctions against Iran since 2006 in connection with Iran’s nuclear program. The U.S. and certain other countries have also imposed unilateral sanctions against trade and financial dealings with Iran. The sanctions have affected Iran’s oil revenues as well as international trade possibilities.
The Iranian foreign minister said: “Iran will not bow to pressure and sanctions, and the only path to reaching a solution is to negotiate with Iran on the basis of the principles arrived at in the Geneva agreement.”
In November of 2013, Iran and the 5+1 signed an interim deal to ease sanctions in exchange for a series of concessions in its nuclear program.
The parties were supposed to reach a final comprehensive deal last July but the deadline for reaching a deal has been renewed twice and now they are aiming at resolving all issues by July 1.
The new round of talks began two days ago in Geneva, and the Iranian delegation has stated that it is now engaged in working out the details of the agreement.