Western Diplomat: Iran, Six World Powers Reach Understanding Over Nuke Program

EU's Federica Mogherini, Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif to hold evening press conference after eight days of negotiations in Lausanne to announce results.

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Kerry and Zarif meet with their negotiation teams in Lausanne, March 28, 2015.
Kerry and Zarif meet with their negotiation teams in Lausanne, March 28, 2015.Credit: AFP
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Barak Ravid

Iran and six world powers have reached an understanding in the talks in Lausanne, Switzerland over Iran's nuclear program and the parties are now busy writing the joint announcement to be released later this evening, a Western diplomat told Haaretz.

The foreign ministers of Iran, the European Union, and the six powers are holding a meeting, before a joint statement will be made by European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at 8 P.M. Israel time. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will hold a press conference after the joint statement.

Mogherini tweeted shortly before the press conference: "Final Ministerial Plenary of these #IranTalks. Now going to meet the press with @JZarif. Good news." Zarif, meanwhile, tweeted, "Found solutions. Ready to start drafting immediately."

Iran's President Hassan Rohani also tweeted, "Solutions on key parameters of Iran #nuclear case reached. Drafting to start immediately, to finish by June 30th. #IranTalks."

Earlier Thursday, Javad Zarif said that progress has been made in the eight-days of negotiations, but added that gaps still remain.

"We have made significant progress in the talks but still we have not agreed on the reviewed solutions," Zarif told reporters at a briefing in the Swiss city.

Zarif said that if everything "goes smoothly," he and Mogherini would give a joint statement later Thursday.

Also on Thursday, Zarif met with Kerry for talks.

The foreign ministers of the six world powers – United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany – convened at noon Thursday for a coordination meeting, without their Iranian counterpart. The meeting took place four hours after intense all-night negotiations with Iran ended, without breakthrough.

The negotiating teams of Iran and the six powers are scheduled to renew their talks later on Thursday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Zarif and the European Union diplomat Helga Schmidt held deliberations for nine hours overnight in an effort to brige the gaps in the impasse over Iran's nuclear program.

“We continue to make progress but have not reached a political understanding," U.S. State Department acting Spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Wednesday.

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