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Respect to Iran's nuclear rights prerequisite to success of talks: negotiator
TEHRAN, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Iran and the world powers can reach a final nuclear deal if the six world powers acknowledge Tehran's nuclear rights, the senior Iranian nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, was quoted as saying by IRAN Daily on Saturday.
Although major differences still remain, Iran and the P5+1, including Britain, France, the United States, Russia, China and Germany, made "good progress" in their negotiations over the past six months, Araqchi said, adding that in case Iran's nuclear rights are respected, an agreement is possible before the November 24 deadline.
Both sides have demonstrated political will to reach an agreement and have come to the conclusion that dialogue is the means to end the dispute over Iran's nuclear program, he said on Friday.
"There is always a possibility of reaching an agreement provided that the other side recognizes Iranian nation's nuclear rights," he stressed.
Iran and the six world powers have not made any agreement on Iran's heavy water nuclear power plant of Arak and the underground bunker of Fordow uranium enrichment establishment, Araqchi said on Thursday.
"In principle, no agreement has been made on any topics pertaining to the nuclear issues of Iran yet. And the difference over Arak heavy water reactor and Fordow uranium enrichment are still in place," Araqchi said reacting to some media speculations on recent remarks of Wendy Sherman, undersecretary of state for political affairs, who said that in the past six months, Iran and powers have made significant and steady progress on key issues.
Under an interim deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 that went into effect on January 20, Iran would suspend some sensitive nuclear activities in exchange for limited sanction relief, and the two sides would negotiate over a comprehensive deal within six months.
After six months of negotiations, Iran and the six world powers agreed on July 19 to extend their talks until Nov. 24, as disagreements remained over Tehran's uranium enrichment capacity, its Arak heavy water reactor and the sanctions following a 16-day negotiations in Vienna.
Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.
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