- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 27, 2014

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wants the world to know that the country’s nuclear program will be going nowhere. 

“I can tell you that Iran’s nuclear program will remain intact. We will not close any program,” Mr. Zarif said Thursday while speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Reuters reported.


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The comment could complicate plans by the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, which all hope to come to a long-term agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program by July.

“I am hoping by the first deadline we will reach a final deal and to start implementing it,” Mr. Zarif added, Reuters reported. “And I can assure you that Iran has that political will and good faith that is required in order to achieve that.”

Iran’s foreign minister also said that there were problems “in terms of both substance and approach,” by the six world powers attempting to resolve the nuclear dispute. 

In November, Iran agreed to a temporary freeze on enriching uranium that President Obama hailed, saying “simply put, [the deal cuts] off Iran’s most likely paths to a bomb.”

Western powers fear that curbing Iranian enrichment might not be enough; the Middle Eastern nation could still use the nuclear material to secretly build a bomb.