Iranian Foreign Minister: Deal never closer

Iran nuclear talks: 'Deal never closer', says FM Zarif

Baku. 4 July. REPORT.AZ/ Iran's foreign minister has used a YouTube posting to say a comprehensive agreement over its nuclear programme has never been closer, Report informs citing BBC.

Javad Zarif said that the agreement would open new ways to address common challenges such as extremism in the Middle East.

US Secretary of State John Kerry agreed that they were "making progress" but said lots of work was still to be done.

Negotiators are racing to meet a deadline for an agreement on 7 July.

Mr Zarif called for an end to "coercion and pressure" at the nuclear talks.

He said that Iran was ready to strike a deal and that negotiators had "never been closer to a lasting outcome".

Mr Zarif said there was also the promise of greater cooperation to tackle extremist violence.

"The menace we're facing, and I say we, because no-one is spared, is embodied by the hooded men who are ravaging the cradle of civilisation. To deal with this new challenge, new approaches are badly needed," he said.

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