Negotiations with Iran on nuclear issue got expedited as President Barack Obama appealed to Iran to seize the “historic” opportunity of a deal.
John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, and his Iranian counterpart continued their talks on the fifth day on Friday in Switzerland while leaders of France, Germany, and Britain conferred in Brussels. In a video address on the Persian New Year called Nowruz, President Obama told that a nuclear deal reasonable enough could lead the people of Iran to a brighter future. He believed that the two nations, the US and Iran, had a historic chance to resolve the nuclear issue peacefully, and the opportunity should not be missed. Responding to the Obama’s call, Javad Zarif, the Iranian Foreign Minister, told that it was for the U.S led nations to take decision on the matter. While writing a message on his official Twitter account, Zarif tried to be candid that Iran wanted to go ahead with dignity, and it was imperative on the U.S. and its allies to choose between pressure tactics and agreement.
On the other hand, Obama revealed that there had been people in both sides opposing a diplomatic resolution. He further added that it was his message to the people of Iran to take a decision on the issue united. He opined that the ensuing days and weeks were critical. He admitted that negotiations had made progress.
The negotiations in Switzerland are in the final stages, and an agreement under which Iran would scale down its nuclear programme in return of lifting of sanctions against it, is in the offing.