SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – US President Barack Obama has said that Washington proposed a “framework” that can help Iran meet its nuclear energy needs.
“We presented to them a framework that would allow them to meet their peaceful energy needs,” Obama told reporters during a press conference in the White House on Wednesday.
However, Obama said that it was not clear a deal would be reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries as the two sides have roughly 20 days left to end their negotiations on a comprehensive deal.
“Whether we can actually get a deal done, we’ll have to find out over the next three to four weeks,” he said.
Obama described the negotiations as “a progressive step-by-step verifiable way” which would help the Islamic Republic “get out from under sanctions.”
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that any final nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group should recognize the Islamic Republic’s right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
Also on Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran and six world powers can reach a comprehensive agreement before a November 24 deadline set for the talks between the two sides.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — Russia, China, France, Britain and the US — plus Germany will open a new round of talks about Tehran’s nuclear energy program in the Omani capital Muscat on November 11.
Last November, the two sides clinched an interim nuclear accord, which took effect on January 20 and expired six months later. However, both parties agreed to extend their talks until November 24 as they remained divided on a number of key issues.
Sources close to the Iranian negotiating team say the main stumbling block to resolving Western dispute over Iran’s nuclear issue is the removal of sanctions, not the number of centrifuges or the level of uranium enrichment.