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US lobbies view on nuclear talks unproductive: Iran

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham

Tehran says certain negative remarks by some US lobbies about the ongoing nuclear talks are unproductive.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham made the remarks on Saturday following an angry reaction by some US hardliners to the upbeat mood surrounding the latest round of expert-level talks between Iran and six major world powers.

“Threats and pressure against the Iranian nation has no influence,” Afkham said, adding, “Only negotiation based on mutual respect… and recognition of the absolute rights of the Iranian nation would yield results.”

She noted that Tehran was “seeking to enjoy its legal right to use peaceful nuclear energy within the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),” and that it was ready to allay any “real and logical concerns.”

Earlier in the day, expert-level talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – China, Russia, Britain, France, and the United States – plus Germany wrapped up in the Austrian capital of Vienna after three days.

The negotiations set to kick off in Vienna on Tuesday are aimed at reaching a final agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Iran and the Sextet of world powers clinched a landmark interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, 2013.

Under the deal, dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. It was also agreed that no nuclear-related sanctions will be imposed on Iran within the same timeframe. The agreement took effect on January 20.

By Press TV


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