TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian negotiator expressed the hope that the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) would continue the serious approach they have shown in the Geneva negotiations in the future rounds of talks, and said the two sides are hopeful to take the first step for the settlement of Tehran’s nuclear standoff with the West within 3 to 6 months.
“We believe that if, in future negotiations, we see the seriousness that we saw in the Geneva negotiations, we can bring the negotiations to a conclusion within 6 months to one year and maybe we can come to obtain some results (agreement) in the next 3 to 6 months on how to take the first step,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and senior negotiator in talks with the world powers Seyed Abbas Araqchi said in an interview with the Iran-based Arabic-language al-Alam news channel on Monday.
Asked about the level of the next round of the talks between Iran and the G5+1, he said, “They (the world powers) are ready to hold the future negotiations at the level of foreign ministers, but both of us prefer the ministerial meeting to be held at a time when the two sides have agreed on the contents of the modality plan and the ground has been prepared for signing a written document (on the goals and the path to reach the goals).”
On Wednesday, Iran and the G5+1 wrapped up two days of talks and agreed to meet again in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 7-8.
At the end of the negotiations, EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton who represented the world powers in talks with Iran hailed the nuclear negotiations as the “most detailed” and most “substantive” ones ever held between the two sides.
Washington and its western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions and the western embargos for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.
Tehran has dismissed West’s demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.
Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.
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