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Zarif to stay "as long as necessary" to reach nuclear deal

Thursday, July 09, 2015 - 00:40

Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, says he'll stay in Vienna ''for as long as necessary'' to reach agreement on the country's nuclear program. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday (July 9) he would stay in Vienna as long as needed for the nuclear negotiations with major powers. "We will stay here as long as it is necessary," Zarif told reporters outside the Vienna hotel where the negotiations between Iran and six major powers are taking place. When asked if he believed nuclear accord could still be reached he said: "why would I be here if I didn't think that". Later U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States and other major powers are not in a rush to reach a deal with Iran, suggesting an accord was unlikely hours ahead of a deadline set by the U.S. Congress for a quick review. Over the past two weeks, Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China have twice extended deadlines for completing a long-term deal under which Tehran would curb nuclear activities for more than a decade in exchange for sanctions relief. Western countries accuse Iran of seeking the capability to build nuclear weapons, while Tehran says its program is peaceful. A deal would depend on Iran accepting curbs on its nuclear program in return for the easing of economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations, United States and European Union.

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Zarif to stay "as long as necessary" to reach nuclear deal

Thursday, July 09, 2015 - 00:40