Iran news headlines on Thursday include Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks in Kazakhstan; Iran insistence on its legal right to nuclear program in upcoming nuke talks; Iran urging closer ties with Kazakhstan; Turkey demand for expansion of economic ties with Iran and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister calling for unconditional recognition of Iran’s nuclear right.
Iran and six world powers trying to curb Tehran’s nuclear progress are meeting Thursday with the window shrinking on diplomacy.
Tehran is moving closer to the ability to make atomic arms, posing a risk of Mideast conflict.
Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili sounded a defiant note ahead of a new round of talks with world powers in Kazakhstan, saying on Thursday they had to recognize Iran’s right to a nuclear program to see any breakthrough.
Jalili also said the Islamic Republic would defend its right to enrich uranium with “more rigor” after its presidential election in June.
Iran’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh says the country’s nuclear energy program is a legal right and a national issue with a bright future ahead.
The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) says the expansion of bilateral ties between the Islamic Republic and Kazakhstan would pave the way for the further activation of the common capacities of both countries.
Turkish Minister of Development Cevdet Yilmaz has called for the further expansion of economic cooperation between Iran and Turkey.
Yilmaz made the demand in a meeting with Iran’s new Ambassador to Turkey Alireza Bigdeli on Wednesday.
Russia says the unconditional recognition of Iran’s right to civilian nuclear energy is key to the settlement of the West’s dispute with the Islamic Republic over its nuclear energy program.
Russia believes a long-term settlement towards the Iranian nuclear issue should be based on the recognition of Iran’s “unconditional right to develop its civilian nuclear program,” Xinhua quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov as saying on Wednesday.
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