Iranian President Hassan Rohani said in a newspaper interview on Wednesday that he hopes for a deal with world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program in three to six months.
“The only way forward is for a timeline to be inserted into the negotiations that’s short,” Rohani was quoted as telling the Washington Post, through a translator, during a visit to New York where he addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is set to hold talks on the nuclear issue later on Thursday with US Secretary of State John Kerry as well as diplomats from Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany.
The meeting will be highly unusual given that the US has not maintained diplomatic relations with Iran since 1980.
Zarif told reporters he expects “a jump start to negotiations … with a view to reaching an agreement within the shortest span.” He was speaking after a meeting with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius on Wednesday.