Official: IRGC agrees with N. talks, But westerners not trustworthy

TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps for Political Affairs Rassoul Sanayee Raad stressed that the IRGC is not opposed to the nuclear talks with the world powers, but it cannot trust the opposite side.

“We agree with the principle of negotiations and support it but we don’t trust the foes,” Sanayee Raad said in the Southern city of Bushehr on Monday.

He said this mistrust has resulted from the lack of transparency and honesty of the western, specially the US, officials.

Sanayee Raad also warned of the US and other arrogant powers’ plots to sow discord among the Iranian officials and people, and called on the nation to keep vigilant against such plots.

In November 2013, Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) signed an interim nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Geneva that came into force on January 20.

They held their fourth round of talks in Vienna on May 14-16. The seven nations have been discussing ways to iron out differences and start drafting a final deal that would end the West’s dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.

Iran said there has been no tangible progress in writing the draft text of the agreement and it blamed the US for the failure, saying Washington has made excessive demands beyond the agreements made in the previous rounds of talks.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi announced on Sunday that he would have a trilateral meeting with his EU and US counterparts in Geneva Monday and Tuesday as part of the multilateral efforts made by Iran and the six world powers to resolve their nuclear standoff.

“The tomorrow meeting with the Americans will be trilateral and Helga Schmidt, the deputy of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, will be present there as well,” Araqchi said on Sunday.

Asked about the issues to go under discussion at the Monday meeting, he said, “No other issue than the nuclear topics will be discussed with the Group 5+1 and we have always emphasized this fact.”

Meantime, Araqchi said since the US is the main supporter and imposer of sanctions against Iran, the issue of embargos will also be discussed in the Geneva meeting which will last for two days.

He said that US Undersecretary of State William Burns will head the American delegation and will be accompanied by his colleague Wendy Sherman, while he and Majid Takht-e Ravanchi, another Iranian deputy foreign minister, will lead the delegation from Tehran.

Araqchi also said that the Iranian team will then meet Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and possibly representatives of other members of the G5+1 on the sidelines of a disarmament conference in Rome on Wednesday and Thursday.

He also said one of the other G5+1 member states is also likely to send a delegation to Tehran next week to do some coordination in bilateral talks with Iranian negotiators before the start of another round of multilateral negotiations between Iran and the world powers in Vienna from June 16 to 20.

By Fars News Agency


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