Nuclear Talks Progress Possible

Nuclear Talks Progress Possible    Nuclear Talks Progress Possible

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday there had been progress in world powers’ talks with Iran on its nuclear program and there were grounds to believe an agreement could be reached by an end-June deadline.

The talks last year between Iran and the six powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - were extended until the end of June after failing to produce a breakthrough to end the long-running dispute over the program. A previous deadline for a long-term settlement had been set for last November. “There is progress. We have grounds to believe that we will move forward within the parameters which were agreed upon in November and assume a resolution to the Iranian nuclear problem by the end of June 2015,” Lavrov told a news conference.

Iran rejects allegations by the United States and its allies that it may be using its nuclear program to develop the capability to produce nuclear weapons, saying its nuclear work is meant only for peaceful purposes, such as power generation.

A final deal would impose constraints on Iran’s nuclear activities for a specified period of time in exchange for a phasing out of sanctions.