Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says there has been significant progress in the nuclear talks but it is unlikely they will meet the latest deadline of July 10 to finalize the agreement.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Mohammad Javad Zarif

He says the most important issues are still outstanding and they will probably take at least the next two days to continue discussions.

The talks resumed this morning in Vienna on various levels. The British and French foreign ministers are to join the talks on Saturday morning.

Zarif has criticized the 5+1 for “changing positions and excessive demands” as well as lack of consistency among the world powers that are negotiating with Iran, saying despite it all “we will try our best”.

The latest issue of concern among the parties has been the lifting of the UN arms embargo against Iran, which has the support of Russian and China but is being resisted by the United States.