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News > Zarif, Kerry hold nuclear talks

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Zarif, Kerry hold nuclear talks

Zarif, Kerry hold nuclear talks

The two held a 100-minute long talk in the morning before starting their second round of talks at 14:00 local time.
The chief Iranian and U.S. diplomats also walked for some minutes in the city of Geneva. 
Following the first round of their talks, Zarif told reporters that “the talks have reached a stage where our opposite side needs to make its decisions so that the two sides can proceed with the talks.” 
“New and comprehensive ideas should be put forward and we are ready to conclude all the outstanding issues. However, we should see how ready the other side is,” IRNA quoted Zarif as saying. 
Zarif said Iran has always been ready to show flexibility in the talks and urged the other side to make serious decisions. “We feel that there should be a serious and courageous political determination and resolve for decisions; decisions that could change many regional equations.”
Iran and the 5+1 group of world powers (the United States, China, Russia, France, Britain, and Germany) have renewed their quest for an elusive nuclear deal after negotiators failed for the second time in November to meet a self-imposed deadline.
The sought-after agreement, whose new deadline is June 30, is expected to end sanctions imposed on Iran. The sticking points remaining are how many uranium enrichment centrifuges Iran can have and the speed of lifting sanctions. 
Iran has been insisting that all sanctions should be lifted immediately after the signing of a comprehensive deal. However, the West is pushing for a gradual removal of sanctions.
Prior to his meeting with Kerry, Zarif told reporters that the meeting would help gauge whether both sides were ready to advance toward a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, Reuters reported.
“I think it’s important. I think it will show the readiness of the two parties to move forward and to speed up the process,” Zarif said.
Asked if he hoped they could reach agreement by July 1, Zarif said: “That’s why we are here. We’ll see.”
Zarif suggests Charlie Hebdo’s new edition makes dialogue harder
Zarif also said serious dialogue with the West would be easier if it respected Muslim sensitivities, ruffled by the latest Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
Zarif also sought to explain why Iranians are dismayed by the cover of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo’s Jan. 14 edition.
“Unless we learn to respect one another, it will be very difficult in a world of different views and different cultures and civilizations, we won’t be able to engage in a serious dialogue if we start disrespecting each other’s values,” Zarif said. “We believe that sanctities need to be respected.”
“I think we would have a much safer, much more prudent world if we were to engage in serious dialogue, serious debate about our differences, and then we will find out that what binds us together is far greater than what divides us,” he added.

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