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Tehran (AFP) – Sweden’s foreign minister, the latest high-level Western diplomat to visit Tehran, said Tuesday that a comprehensive international nuclear agreement with Iran is possible within six months, media reported.

“If there is a good will on both sides a deal is possible within a very ambitious time scale of six months,” Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Iran clinched the interim deal in November with the P5+1 group — Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany — under which it agreed to curb its controversial nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

The six-month agreement, which took effect January 20, is intended to buy time to negotiate a comprehensive accord that would reassure Western powers that Iran’s nuclear program is entirely peaceful, as Tehran has long maintained.

“It’s not going to be easy and it requires a genuine will for compromises on both sides,” Bildt said. “The benefits that are there for both sides are so obvious.”

Zarif said Monday in Berlin that he too believed a final deal was possible within six months.

Negotiations are expected to resume in Vienna on February 18.

Both the diplomatic breakthrough, and the election of President Hassan Rouhani, a reputed moderate, earlier last year, have led to a diplomatic thaw, with an increasing number of Western envoys and businessmen traveling to Iran.

However, Iran and Western countries are still at odds over other issues, including Iran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and regional militant groups, as well as its own human rights record.

When asked about human rights, Bildt said the two countries have “different perspectives” but hoped to move forward through “dialogue.”

Zarif said last year’s presidential election, in which Rouhani handily defeated more conservative candidates, showed the country’s respect for human rights.

“The president has made a number of commitments during his campaign and he intends to keep his promises,” Zarif said.

Rouhani has pledged to expand political and cultural freedoms since his election in June, and in September authorities freed more than a dozen reformists, journalists and lawyers, including prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.

In November, a Canadian-drafted UN resolution welcomed Rouhani’s pledges to promote greater freedoms at home, including gender equality and freedom of expression.

But it also cited abuses, including the widespread use of the death penalty as well as amputations and floggings for convicted criminals.

AFP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)