Lavrov: P5+1 Starts Drafting Deal On Iran Nuke
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday the P5+1 group and Iran agreed on all key aspects and are going to start drafting preliminary deal on Tehran's nuclear program.
"We can quite certainly say that on all the key aspects of final settlement of this problem, the ministers have reached principal consent that will be, hopefully in the next hours, maybe a day, put on the paper. The experts were tasked with this," Lavrov told reporters Wednesday.
He added that the preliminary agreement on Iran's nuclear program is expected to include verification mechanisms guaranteeing peaceful nature of Tehran's nuke and stipulate lifting sanctions: "The agreement includes an all encompassing approach to the settlement, including verification measures of exclusively peaceful nature of nuclear program on the line of IAEA, and extensive provisions for lifting sanctions," and added that "it will not mean the end of the work, it will mean that we have fulfilled the obligations we undertook in November — to form a political framework of all political aspects of the problem and then, by the end of June as we agreed, the experts will be working on technical details which will require quite serious efforts, because as you know the devil is in detail."
The P5+1 group of international mediators (Russia, UK, France, China, US and Germany) and Iran are holding talks in Switzerland on Tehran's uranium enrichment program.