Iran underlines short-term talks with world powers

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran wants goal-oriented talks with a specified timeline with the world powers in a bid to attain final results in the short-run, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said, stressing that pursuing talks for the sake of talks is no way acceptable to the Islamic Republic.

“We want results in the negotiations and one of the important factors in this regard is the issue of time,” Afkham said in her weekly press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

She cautioned that open-ended talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) could spoil the positive atmosphere and the contents of the talks as either side might put new topics on the table and add new dimensions to the negotiations.

“Iran’s approach includes specification of a timeline and we hope that we can attain results in the shortest period of time possible,” Afkham added.

She reiterated that Iran’s emphasis on having time-limited negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) or the world powers would help the negotiations to become goal-oriented, and that this shows Iran’s seriousness and political will to settle its problems with the opposite sides.

Iran and the six world powers agreed in their third session of talks on October 15 to follow up on the nuclear negotiations on November 7 and 8.

At the end of the negotiations, EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton 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.

By Fars News Agency


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