0613 GMT August 20, 2019
“We are trying to solve some remaining differences,” Zarif told reporters in the Austrian capital of Vienna, the venue of the latest round of talks between Iran and the six world powers, late Sunday, Press TV reported.
On some issues, he said, differences are still there, adding that the outcome is still unknown.
Speaking upon his arrival in Vienna on Sunday, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the negotiating parties have a “unique chance” to strike the final nuclear deal.
“I hope that it is clear to all parties in these final days that this is a unique chance that we have now,” Steinmeier said.
“We have a wonderful chance after 12 years of talks finally to end a long-running conflict... which would also send out a signal for the whole region,” he added.
Marathon nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries are picking up steam as the sides are making efforts to iron out disagreements with just one day left before the July 7 deadline for a comprehensive deal.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China – plus Germany have been holding intense talks at the Palais Coburg in Vienna over the past ten days to nail down a final deal.
An Iranian nuclear negotiator said on Sunday that a failure to reach a deal would not mean “the end of the world.”
“If no agreement is reached [between Iran and the world powers], it would not be the end of the world. A good and lasting agreement needs political decisions and the time is now ripe for that,” Majid Takht-e Ravanchi said.