Zarif in Vienna

Zarif in Vienna  Zarif in Vienna

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was due to arrive in Vienna early today to join the ongoing talks between Iran and the major powers on a final deal to resolve the long-running standoff over Tehran’s nuclear work, IRNA reported.  Deputy Foreign Ministers Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-Ravanchi have been in the Austrian capital since June 17 for the current round of talks.  Iran and the major powers face a June 30 deadline to work out a comprehensive deal which would place temporary constraints on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief. US Secretary of State John Kerry was expected to join the talks on Friday.  A diplomatic source also told Reuters on Thursday French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius would travel to Vienna on Saturday to take part in the negotiations.