Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said upon his return to Iran that the two sides in the nuclear negotiations have come a long way in bridging their differences.

“We had a deep perceptual distance with the other negotiating party, and this gap has now been eliminated.”

Iran’s state media quote Zarif saying: “We had a deep perceptual gap with the 5+1 because they did not understand the objectives of our nuclear activities and so they had illusions in their minds that had nothing to do with Iran’s nuclear program.”

Iran just came out of a two-day round of talks with the 5+1 delegation in Vienna on March 18 and 19, which both sides assessed as useful and constructive.

The talks will continue after the Iranina New Year celebrations, which begin today and will continue for two weeks.