N-talks to test political will of world powers: Araqchi

A senior Iranian nuclear official Abbas Araqchi says the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear energy program in Geneva will put to test the “political will” of the six major world powers.

“The Geneva talks will be a measure to test the P5+1 group and in these negotiations the level of their political will to reach a resolution will be put to test,” said Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for International and Legal Affairs Araqchi on Wednesday.

Iran and the six powers — the United States, China, Russia, France, and Britain plus Germany – are set to meet for a second round of nuclear discussions in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 7-8. The two sides held two days of closed-door talks on Tehran’s nuclear case in the Swiss city on October 15-16.

Araqchi, who arrived in Geneva earlier on Wednesday, further stated that the Islamic Republic will enter the second round of nuclear negotiations with seriousness, expressing hope for substantial progress in the discussions.

The Iranian senior diplomat added that the representatives of Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany will hold talks on the content of Tehran’s proposal tabled during the first round of Geneva negotiations.

Araqchi is accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takh-e-Ravanchi, Foreign Ministry’s Director General for Political and International Affairs Hamid Ba’eedinejad, Foreign Minister’s Legal Adviser Davoud Mohammadnia and Director General for Defensive Affairs at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Amiri.

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton will also head the six countries in the talks.

By Press TV


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