The Iranian state broadcaster Press TV reported that the talks might be extended until July 13.
Shipment of the weapons could begin by next year, Vladimir Kozhin, the Kremlin’s top official for the arms trade, said last month.
However, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who has been leading the American negotiating team alongside Kerry, was to leave for Portugal for most of Friday to discuss climate change matters with the president, prime minister and other senior officials.
Salehi told reporters, “Hopefully today is the last day”.
Experts said the nuclear deal with Iran will rearrange the dispersion of power in the Middle East, putting America in the backseat in regional and global influence, and triggering a new dynamic in the world’s most volatile region, wherein there is an environment of distrust alongside a nuclear arms race.
However a senior Western diplomat said it was “very doubtful” the talks would finish on Thursday.
Noh also expected Iran to promote economic cooperation with other countries if a nuclear agreement is reached and sanctions are lifted.
Iran has powerful support on this issue from Russian Federation. When they couldn’t reach agreement by then, they agreed to extend the deadline to July 7.
If a deal is sent to Congress after Thursday, the review period would be doubled to 60 days, increasing the chance that the deal could unravel.
On Thursday, following a meeting with his counterparts from France, Germany and Britain, Kerry said that he would not be rushed into a deal but at the same time that he would not negotiate “forever”.
The underlying cause for the heightened display of anti-Americanism, analysts say, is the growing likelihood that Iran and its Western negotiating partners will sign a nuclear accord, opening the possibility of improving relations with the Great Satan, the United States.
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said the main text of the agreement, as well as five technical annexes, were “around 96 percent complete”. The biggest sticking points include issues such as a United Nations arms embargo, U.N. missile sanctions, the speed of sanctions relief, and research and development on advanced nuclear centrifuges.
“Iran is a consistent supporter of the struggle against ISIL and lifting the arms embargo would help Iran to advance its efficiency in fighting terrorism”, he said.
“Israel, which is in range of Iran’s ballistic missiles, has warned that it reserves the right to launch a preventative strike against Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, if the deal fails to give adequate safeguards against Iran attaining a nuclear weapon”.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (C) attends a welcoming ceremony upon his arrival in Ufa, Russia.
“I haven’t seen anything new from Iran”, a Western diplomat close to the talks told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
Iran’s air defenses, now porous, will become more formidable if Russian Federation delivers to Iran its S-300 long-range, high-altitude surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, an event that could happen in the near future.