Deal Would Envisage Simultaneous Measures

Deal Would Envisage  Simultaneous MeasuresDeal Would Envisage  Simultaneous Measures

A senior nuclear negotiator said there is agreement with the other side to the negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program about the removal of sanctions concurrent with the implementation of Iran's commitments.

"We are in agreement on the premise that the two measures should be taken simultaneously," Abbas Araqchi said, adding, "However, due to their different natures, their simultaneous implementation poses some problems."

"We have to come up with arrangements that take into consideration the expectations of both sides and that's what we are working on."

 "We have not yet reached a detailed final solution in terms of either content or form. However, some ideas have been proposed and we are focusing on one of them now," he was quoted by Fars news agency as telling IRIB news in Vienna on Friday.

Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) hammered out an initial agreement in Lausanne on April 2 and now aim to work out the details of the final accord by a June 30 deadline.

The fifth round of talks to draft the text of the final deal kicked off in Vienna on Tuesday and is expected to continue through the weekend.  

Asked about the negotiating team's response to the demand by some international negotiating partners for access to military sites for inspection and meetings with nuclear scientists for interview, the deputy foreign minister said the demand was intended as part of investigations into what the UN nuclear watchdog calls possible military dimensions (PMD) of Iran's nuclear program.

"PMD deals with past issues and is aimed at resolving the questions regarding Iran's past (nuclear) activities," Araqchi said, adding that various measures have been suggested so far to address PMD questions which are being examined.

"One of the proposed solutions was that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) be given managed access to some of our scientists and (military) centers… which was rejected by Tehran."

Referring to "very serious" and "firm" opposing position adopted by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on this particular issue, he said, "We regard the decision by the Leader to reject the demand as very serious and firm instructions to follow and we have communicated this clearly to the other side."

"The negotiations will proceed until a mutually agreeable solution is found," he added.