Nuclear Talks Opportunity Should Not Be Missed

Nuclear Talks Opportunity Should Not Be MissedNuclear Talks Opportunity Should Not Be Missed

European Union (EU) Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini says Iran and its negotiating partners should not miss the opportunity to ink a deal on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

"At this crucial stage of the negotiations, the EU is fully committed to facilitating the talks to reach a comprehensive deal. We should not miss this historical opportunity," Mogherini told Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry in separate phone conversations on Tuesday, Press TV reported.

Iranian and US delegations wrapped up their latest round of talks over Iran’s nuclear program in the Swiss city of Montreux on Tuesday.

The two-day negotiations were headed by Zarif and Kerry.

Representatives from Iran and the United States held three rounds of intense negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva on February 22-23 to bridge their differences ahead of a July 1 deadline for Iran and the P5+1 to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal.

Iran and the P5+1 group - Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany - have already missed two self-designated deadlines for inking a final agreement since they signed an interim one in November 2013.

Mogherini also elaborated on Iran’s nuclear program during her address to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

In a separate development on Tuesday, speaking to reporters in Geneva, the EU official warned against “spreading fears” about a final nuclear deal that is being negotiated by representatives from Iran and the six major powers.

"Spreading fear is not helpful at this stage," Mogherini told reporters, adding, "We are getting closer" to a comprehensive accord aimed at ending the longstanding dispute on Tehran’s nuclear dossier.

Her remarks came just as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has repeatedly attacked the emerging Iran deal, began his destructive speech at US Congress on Tuesday.