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98 percent of Iran’s nuclear program deal done – source

…Talks in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear programme ‘have reached the final moment’, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency quoted foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei as saying on Saturday…

24 November 2013,

The six world powers (five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) and Iran agreed on the text of a treaty by 98 percent and are debating the issue of uranium enrichment, a source in the Iranian delegation told reporters.

“I can say that we have agreed on the text by 98 percent,” he noted. “We continue the talks on problematic issues, particularly uranium enrichment,” he said.

The source noted that the parties to the talks may complete the talks in Geneva within next two hours. He did not give the direct answer to the question whether Iran and the six world powers will sign an agreement. “We will not go out as long as we obtain the signing of a document,” the source said.
Nuclear talks could go into fifth day – Iranian envoy
Six world powers and Iran might have to extend their talks to a fifth day on Sunday, as some differences over an agreement on mutual concessions still have not been bridged, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said.

“We still have considerable differences about the balance of steps that we are to take and those that the 5+1 want to take,” he said, referring to the five permanent UN Security Council countries and Germany.
After exchanging remarks about local weather, Foreign Minister Lavrov and international Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi have gone into head-to-head talks at Geneva’s Intercontinental Hotel, which is also hosting consultations between the Security Council’s Permanent Five plus Germany and Iran.Mr Lavrov has already held separate talks with his American and French counterparts, John Kerry and Laurent Fabius.

According to a source in the Russian delegation, talks involving Lavrov, Kerry and Brahimi are likely to be held.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry have discussed the nuclear energy programme of Iran at a 30-minute meeting in Geneva.Emerging from the talks, they exchanged long handshakes and thanks.
Later today, the two men are expected to discuss matters with UN and Arab League Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.
Lavrov and Kerry begin meeting in Geneva
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the US Secretary of State John Kerry have begun a meeting in Geneva
Lavrov arrived in Geneva on Friday afternoon, and Kerry’s plane landed on Saturday morning.
Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, on Friday evening in Geneva discussed ways to achieve a mutually acceptable agreement between the Sextet and Iran, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.
“They discussed the situation at the Sextet’s Geneva talks between international mediators and Iranian representatives on settling the situation surrounding the Iranian nuclear programme. They focused on ways to achieve mutually acceptable agreements between the Sextet and Iran,” the foreign ministry reported.
The Russian foreign minister arrived in Switzerland on Friday and headed immediately for the Intercontinental Hotel, to continue various contacts in the framework of negotiations between Tehran and the Sextet (five permanent UN’ Security Council members plus Germany). Besides talks with Catherine Ashton, Lavrov met with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, details were not made available.
Russia sees ‘real opportunity’ for Iran nuclear deal
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sees a “real opportunity” for the six-party talks with Iran to reach a deal on Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme, the foreign ministry said Saturday.
In a statement released after Lavrov spoke with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jarad Zarif in Geneva on Friday evening, the Russian ministry called the meeting “a comprehensive and interested exchange of opinions” about how to end disagreements in the negotiations.
“For the first time in many years, the ‘5+1’ and Iran have a real opportunity to come to agreement,” the statement quoted Lavrov as saying at the meeting.

Lavrov is to join his counterparts from the P5+1 group, the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany. in Geneva on Saturday in a bid to reach interim accord with Iran on its nuclear programme after a decade of failed efforts
Lavrov and Zarif discussed “key issues in the parties’ positions, which inhibit reaching decisions,” the statement said, without elaborating.
Lavrov flew to Geneva on Friday and had a late meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. No details of that conversation were released to the media.
Iran talks at ‘final moment’ – China FM spokesman
Talks in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear programme ‘have reached the final moment’, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency quoted foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei as saying on Saturday.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi left Beijing early on Saturday for Geneva to attend the talks with Iran, which also involve the United States, Russia, France, Britain and Germany.
The foreign ministers of France and Britain were heading to Geneva on Friday night to join talks on Iran’s nuclear programme, as Tehran and six world powers appeared closer to clinching an elusive breakthrough
“Laurent Fabius will travel to Geneva tonight for the Iranian nuclear talks,” a French diplomatic source said. British Foreign Minister William Hague announced on Twitter that he was heading for Geneva
Earlier, Washington said US Secretary of State John Kerry would also join the talks in person, after diplomats said a major sticking point in negotiations may have been overcome.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will leave for Geneva on Friday to join nuclear talks between six major powers and Iran, the State Department said.

“After consulting with EU High Representative (Catherine) Ashton and the negotiating team on the ground, Secretary Kerry will travel to Geneva later today with the goal of continuing to help narrow the differences and move closer to an agreement,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.
Speaking to reporters earlier during her daily briefing – before Kerry’s travel was announced – Psaki suggested that his going should not necessarily be taken as a sign that any deal with the Iranians was imminent.
“Even if the secretary travels, it is not a prediction of the outcome,” she said earlier at her daily briefing. “These negotiations are ongoing, there are tough issues on the table, that is what the negotiating team is working through.”
Six major powers are seeking to negotiate an agreement with Iran in Geneva that would place some restraints on the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions against the Islamic republic.
Negotiations of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and the Head of European diplomacy, Catherine Ashton are underway in Geneva.

The meeting comes amid ongoing for the third day negotiations in Geneva, P5+1 talks of the international mediators and Tehran over Iran’s nuclear program, media report.
On arrival in Geneva on Friday night Lavrov had also met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has arrived in Geneva to take part in negotiations between the P5+1 group of countries and Iran concerning the latter’s nuclear program, an Interfax correspondent reported.

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