A key Russian envoy said he expects the outlines of a long-term deal for Iran's nuclear program to emerge from high-level talks next week.
"As a result of this round, we should at least get some elements of the agreed text and elements of the common text," Reuters reported Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying in a Tuesday report.
Ryabkov was referring to negotiations to be held in Vienna next week between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany. The talks are aimed at hammering out a long-term agreement that would allay global concerns that Tehran's nuclear program could be used to produce atomic weapons. Iran maintains it has no such plans.
Under any deal, Iran must modify its nuclear program in exchange for relief from international sanctions. An interim agreement granting Iran access to some previously blocked assets expires on July 20.
"For now, there is no common [text] whatsoever," Ryabkov said. "So if we get such an option, this would be a good result."
Reuters cites issue experts as being upbeat about the prospects for finding common ground. One key remaining obstacle, however, is the scope of any uranium-enrichment program that Iran is allowed to keep.
Internally, Iran's government has come under pressure from conservative hard-liners for cooperating with global powers on a deal, Al-Monitor reported.
This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.