Iran nuclear deal may be reached on July 13 - source

There is a high degree of probability that an agreement between the P5+1 group and Tehran regarding the Iranian nuclear program may be concluded on Monday, July 13, yet a number of outstanding issues remain.

There is a high degree of probability that an agreement between the P5+1 group and Tehran regarding the Iranian nuclear program may be concluded on Monday, July 13, yet a number of outstanding issues remain.

"There is a number of outstanding issues, among them the lifting of the arms embargo against Tehran," a source in the Iranian delegation told Interfax.

According to the source, Tehran is ready to make concessions and to agree on lifting the embargo later, rather than at the moment the agreement is signed.

Another source in a European delegation, close to the negotiations, said that the U.S. side was insisting on keeping the arms embargo for eight years and China proposed that the embargo should stay in place for two years since the conclusion of the deal.

As Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said earlier, Russia insists on the immediate lifting of the arms embargo against Tehran after the agreement is reached.

The Iranian source said Tehran would most probably agree to the compromise suggested by China.

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