Iran’s Velayati: Sextet failed to win concessions in N. talks

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The six world powers engaged in nuclear talks with Tehran could not obtain concessions from Iran in the course of the negotiations, head of the Strategic Research Center of Iran’s Expediency Council said.


“As far as I know and based on my conversations with a number of the (nuclear) negotiators, no such thing (granting concession to the world powers) has taken place,” Ali Akbar Velayati told the Tasnim News Agency.

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei’s strong stance on outlining the framework of negotiations and the Iranian team’s dogged determination in the nuclear talks barred the other side from winning any concession, he added.

On July 18, after more than two weeks of intensive diplomatic negotiations in the Austrian capital of Vienna, Iran and the Group 5+1 (also known as P5+1 or E3+3) agreed to continue talks on Tehran’s nuclear program for another four months.

The two sides decided to extend the nuclear talks until November 24 in the hope of clinching a final deal to resolve the decade-long standoff on Iran’s nuclear energy program. The four-month extension of the talks will begin on July 21.

Iran and the sextet on November 24, 2013, signed an interim nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Geneva.

The breakthrough agreement (the Joint Plan of Action), which came into effect on January 20, had given the parties extendable six months to draw up a comprehensive nuclear deal.

By Tasnim News Agency


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