SHAFAQNA – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rejected western media reports on content of his talks with his US counterpart John Kerry.
“No internal issue was discussed in the meeting and reports released are absolutely false,” Zarif said.
Reuters claimed that Zarif has warned the United States that failure to agree a nuclear deal would likely herald the political demise of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, raising the stakes as the decade-old stand-off nears its end-game.
Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry have held fresh talks in the German city of Munich as a March deadline for a nuclear deal between Tehran and the P5+1 group approaches.
The two foreign ministers started their talks on Friday on the sidelines of Munich Security Conference.
Back in January, Zarif and Kerry held intense negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva to help speed up the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group – the US, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany – over Tehran’s peaceful nuclear work.
Since an interim deal was agreed in Geneva in November 2013, the negotiating sides have missed two self-imposed deadlines to ink a final agreement.
Iran and the P5+1 countries now seek to reach a high-level political agreement by March 1 and to confirm the full technical details of the accord by July 1.
The scale of Iran’s uranium enrichment and the timetable for the lifting of anti-Iran sanctions are seen as major sticking points in the talks.