Iran talks to be held within redlines: Official

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi

An Iranian nuclear negotiator says Iran’s nuclear talks with US and European officials set for Monday and Tuesday in Geneva will be frank and within the framework of the country’s red lines.

“We will quite frankly put forth our viewpoints within the framework of the [Islamic] establishment’s red lines,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi said before departing Tehran for Geneva on Monday.

Officials from Iran, the US and Europe are slated to meet in Geneva on June 9 and 10 ahead of the next round of high-level talks between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

Iran has repeatedly called uranium enrichment its inalienable right regarding it as  a red-line.

The meeting comes ahead of the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain – plus Germany, scheduled for June 16-20 in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.

Takht-e-Ravanchi said the Geneva talks will bear results if they are based on “realities, not based on illusions and foreign pressure.”

Takht-e-Ravanchi and Iran’s deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi will head the Iranian delegation in Geneva.

Helga Schmid, a deputy for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, and US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, who is accompanied by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, will represent the other negotiating team in Geneva.

Iranian officials will later sit down with Russian diplomats in the Italian capital, Rome, on June 11-12. Representatives from Iran will probably hold further meetings with other delegations from the six countries.

Iran and the six countries have been holding talks to iron out their differences and reach a final deal to end the standoff over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

By Press TV


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