U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is confident that the United States and its partners in talks with Iran on its nuclear program can negotiate a deal that will "make the world safer."
Kerry spoke on April 15 after arrivingin Luebeck, Germany, for a G7 foreign ministers' meeting.
Six global powers and Iran agreed on April 2 on a framework for a deal that would limit Iran's nuclear activities, making it harder for Tehran to develop nuclear weapons if attempts to do so, in exchange for relief from UN, EU, and U.S. sanctions. They have set a June 30 deadline for an agreement.
"Looming large is the challenge of finishing the negotiation with Iran over the course of the next two and a half months," Kerry said.
He said President Barack Obama's administration is "confident about our ability for the president to negotiate an agreement and to do so with the ability to make the world safer."
Also on April 15, Iranian President Hassan Rohani stressed that Tehran wants sanctions removed at once under any potential nuclear deal.
"Let everybody know that if there is not going to be the end to sanctions in this round of the talks, there is not going to be a deal," Rohani said in a televised speech.