|Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif (R) and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton pose for photos before their meeting in Tehran, capital of Iran, on March 9, 2014. Visiting EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Sunday that there is "no guarantee" Iran and world powers will succeed in reaching a final agreement in their nuclear talks. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)
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TEHRAN, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Visiting EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Sunday that there is "no guarantee" Iran and world powers will succeed in reaching a final agreement in their nuclear talks.
Ashton hailed the interim nuclear agreement as "important" at a joint press conference in Tehran with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif.
She said, however, the interim deal is "not as important as a comprehensive accord," adding that reaching a final agreement with Iran is " difficult, challenging, and there is no guarantee that we will succeed."
She hoped that with the support of the Iranian people to their administration and that of the international community for the talks she is leading, a comprehensive agreement will be reached.
For his part, Zarif said that Iran "will accept an accord which respects Iranians' rights" in the nuclear talks.
The Iranian foreign minister confirmed Iran's political will to tackle the nuclear issue, adding that it depends on the other party to be committed to its obligations to solve the problem at the negotiation table.
He reiterated that "Iran is not after a nuclear weapon."
Iran and the P5+1 group, namely, China, Britain, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany, held expert-level nuclear talks in Vienna from March 5 to 7. They aimed to hammer out a final deal on Iran's controversial nuclear program after an interim agreement was reached in November last year.
Iranian officials hailed "advancement" in the recent expert- level nuclear talks, as Ashton made her first visit to Iran on Saturday.