Iran foreign minister says nuclear deal 'within reach'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif holds a press conference in Tehran, on December 7, 2014Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that he is confident that a lasting agreement can be struck with world powers over his country’s disputed nuclear programme. Tehran and the so-called P5+1 group of nations have been locked in talks since February on a permanent nuclear deal aimed at ending a decade-long diplomatic crisis. A final agreement is aimed at ensuring Tehran will never develop nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian activities, and would lift international sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy. “I am confident that a comprehensive agreement is imminently within reach,” Zarif wrote in a letter published by his ministry.

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