Later on Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is slated to head to the Austrian capital to join the nuclear negotiations.

The parties have been holding talks in Vienna over the past six days to hammer out a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear energy program. Diplomats say the two sides have made progress but big gaps still remain.

Last November, Iran and the P5+1 – Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany — clinched an interim nuclear accord that took effect on January 20 and expired six months later. They agreed to extend their talks until November 24 as they remained divided on a number of key issues.

Sources close to the Iranian negotiating team say the main stumbling block in the way of resolving the Western dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program remains to be the removal of all the bans imposed on the country, and not the number of centrifuges or the level of uranium enrichment.

Iran’s Press TV reported Sunday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is continuing to work to derail the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries:

“It is preferable that there be no deal than a bad deal that would threaten Israel, the Middle East and all of humanity,” Netanyahu said in an address to Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting.

He further rehashed his aggressive rhetoric against Iran and said that Tel Aviv was in contact with the US and other members of the P5+1.

The Israeli premier said Tel Aviv is “closely following the talks in Vienna” and noted that US Secretary of State John Kerry briefed him Saturday night on the nuclear negotiations.

Netanyahu has repeatedly sought to derail Iran-P5+1 nuclear negotiations by making biased remarks.

The Israeli regime, which refuses to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), is widely believed to be the only possessor of nuclear arms in the Middle East. The regime reportedly maintains between 200 and 400 atomic warheads.

(ISNA/AFP)

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