Iran and the P5+1 group of countries have shown the political will necessary to reach a final deal on Tehran’s nuclear program, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says.
"I would say that the political will is there. I've seen it from all sides. So we have tasked our negotiating teams to start working immediately tonight on the text [of the final deal],” Mogherini told reporters in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Sunday.
She added that the negotiating parties’ teams are working on drafting the text of the final accord and would “try and close all the issues in order to translate the political understanding that we found in [the Swiss city of] Lausanne into texts that are solid enough for the coming days.”
As many of the foreign ministers, including Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif, left Vienna late Sunday following a day of intense talks, Mogherini said they would "come back here in the coming days as soon as the work on the text has moved forward to finalize the agreement."
She noted that both Iran and the six global powers stuck to the self-imposed end-June deadline and are ready to “interpret it in a flexible way” as they have previously done in Lausanne.
“If we need to have a couple of additional days more, it's not the end of the world. But it is very clear that the deadline is going to stay end of June / beginning of July,” Mogherini pointed out.
She said the sides are going to strike a final accord “in the coming days” and added, “So no extension. We all agreed on that.”
She noted that there are conditions now to close a “good” deal.
She emphasized that the two sides should use the remaining hours and days to reach a good deal, saying, “Postponement is not an option.”
The deadline could possibly be extended just for few days and that there would be “no long-term extension,” she noted.
She refused to give the list of the remaining issues but said, “We don't have new points open on the agenda. We are not renegotiating things.”
Mogherini further added that “the remaining open points” mainly focus on ways “to translate the political understanding that we reached already into concrete details.”
Foreign ministers of Iran and the P5+1 have given “political guidance” to their teams to continue the work on the text of the final deal.
Speaking to reporters upon her arrival in Vienna on Sunday, Mogherini said Iran and the P5+1 countries are likely to reach a final agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program if both sides show “strong political will.”
Zarif returning to Tehran
The Iranian foreign minister arrived in Tehran early Monday after an intense day of talks with major powers as the June 30 deadline was extended by a few days.
Speaking to reporters in Tehran, Zarif said his trip was pre-planned, but that he would return to Vienna on Tuesday.
Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry met Sunday morning for a third time in 24 hours.
The Iranian foreign minister on Sunday held separate talks with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Vienna. Zarif also met with Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Li Baodong.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China -- plus Germany are holding talks to finalize the text of a possible deal over Iran’s nuclear program.