Lawmaker: Iran-G5+1 nuclear talks unaffected by US Senate elections

TEHRAN (FNA)- The recent US Senate elections which ended with the Republicans’ victory will have no significant impact on the nuclear talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany), a senior Iranian parliamentary official said.

“Although the US Congress might exert pressure on the (Obama) administration, the power shift in the US Congress and Senate is not so important and it does not affect the negotiations,” member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Abbasali Mansouri Arani said on Saturday.

He reiterated that Iran has always tried to proceed in the talks (with the world powers) on the basis of its commitments and in proportion with the frameworks and redlines specified by its ruling system.

Iran has been serious and committed in its diplomatic relations, he said, and added, “Hence, no matter which political party gains power in the US, our country is looking for materializing  one objective which is pursuing the defined strategies of the ruling system and the nation.”

Mansouri Arani’s 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 has also 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 had seven rounds of talks in Vienna, and one more 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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