Washington DC: Ahead of this weekend, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his team has had a hectic schedule working with the EU and the P5+1 partners towards concluding a final deal with Iran to ensure Iran’s nuclear program remains exclusively peaceful.
Thursday night Kerry met German foreign minister and Friday met bilaterally with the UK foreign secretary, the EU High Representative Mogherini, and the Chinese foreign minister.
According to John Kirby, Spokesperson US department of State, these meetings were primarily focused on addressing the international community’s concerns over Iran’s nuclear program. On Friday, Kerry also had a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. US Secretary of Energy Ernest Jeffrey Moniz also had a meeting with his counterpart, the head of Iran’s atomic energy agency, and all the teams were continuing to work toward trying to close the remaining gaps in the proposed Iranian Nuclear Agreement.
The US stand on Iran’s Nuclear Programme has been made explicit by US President Obama.
Obama reiterated the other day:
We’re only going to accept a deal that effectively shuts off all the pathways to a nuclear weapon for Iran.
The P5+1 is a group of six world powers that joined the diplomatic efforts with Iran in 2006 in connection with its nuclear program.
The term P5+1 refers to the P5 or five permanent members of the UN Security Council, namely China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus Germany.