Iran’s Salehi sees nuclear negotiations with West as improving

Prospects for resolving the conflict over Iran’s nuclear program have improved following signs of “good faith” from Western powers, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said.

For the first time during nuclear talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, last month, “we witnessed signals that the other side is acting in good faith,” Salehi told a news conference in Tehran today. “We hope they continue to do so.”

The West wants “to deal with Iran; they are not after confrontation,” Salehi said in comments translated from Farsi to English and broadcast by the state-run Press TV news channel. Over time, Western nations have understood that Iran “is not a country that gives in to their illogical demands,” he said.

Iran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, says its nuclear program is purely civilian and intended for electricity production and medical research. The U.S. and its allies say Iran’s nuclear program may have a military intent and have imposed financial, trade and energy sanctions to try to force Tehran to curb its activities.

Iran, China, Germany, France, Russia, the U.K. and U.S. met in Kazakhstan on Feb. 26-27. They are scheduled to meet March 18 in Istanbul and on April 5-6 in Almaty.

By Bloomberg


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