Minister: Iran nuclear talks unaffected by US Senate Elections

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior Iranian cabinet officials said the recent US Senate elections which ended with the Republicans’ victory will have no significant impact on the nuclear talks between Tehran and the world powers.

“The victory of the Republicans in the US Senate elections will not leave any effect on the nuclear negotiations,” Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi told reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.

Stressing that the Iranian negotiators have completely respected the country’s redlines in the nuclear talks with their counterparts from the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany), he said, “There is no behind-the-stage agreement with the G5+1.”

The minister also added that some major steps have so far been taken in the negotiations between Iran and the sextet.

Prior to Vaezi, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Office for Political Affairs Hamid Aboutalebi also expressed the same view, stressing that Washington knows that Iran is playing a vital and irreplaceable role in the region and both the Democratic and the Republican parties know that the US is in need of striking a final nuclear deal with Tehran.

“Now, both US parties need Iran for the 2016 presidential election, specially the Republicans who are trying to create a change in the foreign policy,” Aboutalebi wrote on his tweeter page on Wednesday.

“Therefore, both US parties will be after reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran and strategic cooperation with Iran in  regional issues, specially in fighting ISIL,” he added.

Yet, the presidential aide underlined that Washington is required to respect the Iranian nation’s rights, admit Iran’s regional power and accept the country as the main actor in the regional interactions if it wants Tehran’s cooperation.

His remarks came after Republicans in the US made significant gains in mid-term elections, capturing a majority of seats they need to take control of the US Senate.

With a win in Iowa, the Republican party picked up at least six Senate seats to guarantee at least 51 members of the 100-member chamber, while projecting an increase in the party’s majority in the House of Representatives.

Republicans romped to victory against incumbent Democrats in Arkansas and Colorado, and snatched the seats of retiring opponents in Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia.

Top Republican Mitch McConnell was re-elected in Kentucky. The party is also said to have retained two seats in South Carolina.

The Republicans gained the majority of the US Senate as Iran and the six major world powers have already held 8 rounds of nuclear negotiations after inking an interim agreement in Geneva on November 24, 2013, and have less than three weeks time to strike a final deal before the November 24 deadline.

Tehran and the six powers have already held seven rounds of talks in Vienna, and one more round in New York and on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. They are now preparing for their 9th round of negotiations due to be held in Masqat, Oman, on November 11.

The Geneva agreement took effect on January 20 and expired six months later on July 20. In July, Tehran and the six countries agreed to extend negotiations until November 24 after they failed to reach an agreement on a number of key issues.

By Fars News Agency

 

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