Iran’s Foreign Minister Says Nuclear Deal Possible Before Fast Approaching Deadline

Iran’s foreign minister believes that a “sustainable, mutually respectful” deal on the country’s nuclear program can be struck with world powers before the current deadline of June 30th.

Mohammad Javad Zarif said that an agreement with diplomats from the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany so long as “people have their foot in reality, not in illusions.”

He tempered his remarks by cautioning that “excessive demands” would make an agreement nearly, regardless of whether a deadline is imposed or not. Zarif issued the remarks after talks in Athens, Greece, on Thursday with Greek foreign minister Nikos Kotzias.

The current deal that’s on the table would halt Iran’s nuclear program for a decade but in return lift sanctions that have devastated the country.

The deal, in addition to helping Iran’s people and re-integrating it into the world community, could also be beneficial for American nuclear companies who would be well positioned to offer the type of nuclear support the country could purchase under the deal.

Iran maintains that its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes, while the West, along with its middle eastern neighbors, fear it would enable it to build nuclear weapons.

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