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Iranian FM sees 'every possibility' for nuclear deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a press conference in Rome, on November 19, 2013
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a press conference in Rome, on November 19, 2013

Iran said there was "every possibility" of a deal at international talks on its nuclear programme in Geneva starting on Wednesday but warned Israel was "trying to torpedo the process".

"On the talks in Geneva, I think there is every possibility for success," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said after meeting his Italian counterpart Emma Bonino in Rome.

"We should engage on the basis of mutual respect and equal footing and on the basis that you cannot dictate a solution," he said.

"I go to Geneva with the determination to come out with an agreement at the end of this round," he said, adding: "I am willing to accept serious progress instead of an agreement but I think that with the political will we can reach an agreement."

But he said Israel was trying to sabotage the talks.

"Statements coming out of Israel indicate they are not interested in finding solution, they've been trying to push for problems," he said.

"They have been trying so hard to torpedo the process... Why is it they do not want this result?" he said.

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