Russia urges ‘Political will’ ahead of Iran-P5+1 Almaty talks

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says the success of the negotiations between Iran and the six major world powers (the P5+1 group), depends on “political will” from both sides.

“If bargaining is to begin, firstly, political will must be demonstrated, as well as the inner resolve to move into this stage,” Ryabkov said on Monday.

Next round of talks between Iran and P5+1 — comprising the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China – is set to begin in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

Ryabkov, who is leading the Russian delegation in Almaty, called on the negotiating sides to “stop wasting any more time.”

Iran and the P5+1 group have held several rounds of talks with the main focus on Iran’s nuclear energy program. The last round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group was held in Moscow in June 2012.

Iran has said if the group of six major world powers recognizes the Islamic Republic’s rights, Tehran will remove their concerns over the country’s nuclear energy program.

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.

By Press TV


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