"We want the issue of course to be resolved based on preserving our rights but we believe it is quite possible to reach an agreement within a six-month period, provided all sides come to the negotiations in good faith," the top Iranian diplomat said in an interview with the energy portal ENERGLOBE.
Pointing to the nuclear talks between Iran and the Group5+1 (US, Russia, China, France, Britain plus Germany), Zarif reiterated his country's seriousness about the negotiations.
He expressed confidence that western trade sanctions imposed over Iran's nuclear program would be gradually removed.
Iran and the G5+1 are scheduled to hold the next round of their nuclear talks in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on February 18.
The meeting will come in light of the implementation of an interim nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers which was clinched in the Swiss city of Geneva last November.
Under the deal, Iran agreed to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities as a confidence-building measure, and the world powers undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief and release more than $4bln of Tehran’s oil revenues.
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