Kerry later described the latest round of talks with Zarif as "very constructive."
Speaking after Kerry-Zarif meeting, DFM Araqchi said, “All issues reviewed, but differences still remain.”
Secretary of State John Kerry and the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif are meeting today in Geneva to address issues that could prevent a final nuclear agreement by the 30 June deadline. IAEA on Friday issued a harshly worded report saying its probe into possible military dimensions (PMD) of the Iranian nuclear program has been stalled, raising questions if it could produce its findings on the issue before 30 June.
Meanwhile, Iran’s deputy foreign minister and senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi told Iran’s state TV today that IAEA’s inspections of military sites are “out of questions,” reiterating earlier warnings by Ayatollah Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader. The problem is the IAEA might require the access to military sites suspected of carrying work on nuclear weapons in order to issue its findings on PMD allegations; and those findings are needed before a final agreement is reached. It’s a problem.
But both sides have said they hope to reach the final agreement by next month, although Araqchi today warned that the deadline might need to be extended.
Photo credit: Secretary of Sate John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at Geneva’s Hotel Intercontinental, 30 May 2015 (Twitter/@JohnKerry)