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‘Iran nuclear talks to conclude without an agreement’

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A week of nuclear talks between the six world powers and the Iranian regime in Lausanne will conclude without any agreement, but with a press statement on Wednesday, the Iranian regime’s top negotiator said in an interview.

Abbas Araqchi said: “There will be no agreement at the end of today, but we will announce the progress in a press statement,” state-run Tasnim news agency reported.

Araghchi said that “problems” remain in nuclear talks with world powers and that there can be no deal without a “framework for the removal of all sanctions”, AFP reported.

In a live interview with state television from the talks in Switzerland, Araghchi said that “until we have solutions to all problems we cannot have a comprehensive agreement,” naming sanctions and research and development as key stumbling blocks, the report said.

He said a joint statement on progress made in recent days would be issued later Wednesday in Lausanne, where the negotiations are taking place.

Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday the Iran nuclear talks are not sufficiently advanced to ensure a quick conclusion.

Speaking to reporters after a regular French government meeting in Paris, Fabius said he was ready “whenever necessary” to return to the negotiating table in Lausanne, Switzerland.