Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told French media he was confident that a deal would be reached on his country's nuclear program in the next round of talks with the 5+1 Group (the five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany).

The talks between the six world powers and Iran will resume on Thursday in Geneva.

"An agreement can be reached this week in Geneva and, if that's not the case, it will not be a disaster if progress is made," Zarif told the French daily Le Monde.

The Iranian foreign minister said that after the meeting in Vienna last week with the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, what was needed was to "make the necessary adjustments."

The parties are not far from an agreement, Zarif said, adding that "we have identified the issues on which each side has to move."

The experts addressed "everything that was on the table" at the meeting in Vienna, the Iranian foreign minister said.

France has been more intransigent than the United States and French officials should be more "realistic, flexible and willing to reach an agreement," Zarif told Le Monde.

"The goal today is to resolve the nuclear matter," Zarif said in response to a question about relations between Washington and Tehran.

"Later, we'll see if the United States is capable of winning the trust of the Iranian people," Zarif said. EFE