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Austria: Iran deal closer than ever, so long as coercion is stopped - Zarif01:18

Austria: Iran deal closer than ever, so long as coercion is stopped - Zarif

Austria, Vienna
July 4, 2015 at 11:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

Iranian Foreign Minister and lead negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif released a video message on YouTube, Friday, from Vienna saying that an agreement is at hand and can be reached if the United States and its partners choose cooperation over coercion.

As nuclear talks were coming to an end, Zarif stated, "At this eleventh hour, despite some differences that remain, we have never been closer to a lasting outcome. But there is no guarantee. Getting to yes requires the courage to compromise, the self-confidence to be flexible."

Zarif, standing on the balcony of the Coburg Palace, where the talks are taking place, spoke in an appeal to public and political opinion in the United States, and in the five countries that are its negotiating partners. "Some stubbornly believe that military and economic coercion can ensure submission. They still insist on spending other people's money or sacrificing other people's children for their own delusional designs," he stated. But, continued to say he sees hope "because I see the emergence of reason over illusion."

Mohammad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry met again in Vienna after first self-imposed deadline of June 30 was not met, a new deadline of July 7 has been agreed on.

Austria: Iran deal closer than ever, so long as coercion is stopped - Zarif01:18
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Iranian Foreign Minister and lead negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif released a video message on YouTube, Friday, from Vienna saying that an agreement is at hand and can be reached if the United States and its partners choose cooperation over coercion.

As nuclear talks were coming to an end, Zarif stated, "At this eleventh hour, despite some differences that remain, we have never been closer to a lasting outcome. But there is no guarantee. Getting to yes requires the courage to compromise, the self-confidence to be flexible."

Zarif, standing on the balcony of the Coburg Palace, where the talks are taking place, spoke in an appeal to public and political opinion in the United States, and in the five countries that are its negotiating partners. "Some stubbornly believe that military and economic coercion can ensure submission. They still insist on spending other people's money or sacrificing other people's children for their own delusional designs," he stated. But, continued to say he sees hope "because I see the emergence of reason over illusion."

Mohammad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry met again in Vienna after first self-imposed deadline of June 30 was not met, a new deadline of July 7 has been agreed on.