LAUSSANE – The Iran and Russian foreign ministers have claimed there has been an important breakthrough at nuclear talks in Lausanne. The talks resumed on Wednesday in the Swiss city Lausanne.
Russian foreign minister has said that enough progress has been made.
American diplomats denied the agreement had been finalized, saying there are still some key issues that have to be worked through,”
The six powers – the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China aim to stop Iran from gaining the capacity to develop a nuclear bomb in exchange for enabling international restrictions that are crippling its economy while Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who returned to Moscow, said negotiators had reached a general accord on “all key aspects”, according to Russia’s TASS news agency.
Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, said: “It has been a very long day for all delegations. We have accomplished quite a bit but people needed to get some rest and start over early in the morning.
“I hope that we can finalize the work on Wednesday and hopefully start the process of drafting tomorrow.”
The Iranians are avoiding releasing any information as it will make it easier for hardliners to attack it before the completion date at the end of June.
Congress has warned it will consider imposing new restrictions on Iran if there is no agreement this week.
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