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Senior negotiator: Iran-G5+1 talks in sensitive stage

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi underlined that the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) are in a critical phase now.

“The Iran-G5+1 talks are at a sensitive stage and the talks will be pursued with a faster momentum in the coming days,” Araqchi, also a senior negotiator in talks with the world powers, said on Monday.

He reiterated that the two sides continue to have differences over some topics.

The senior negotiator stressed that Iran is pursuing the talks with good will and firm resolve, and stressed that the talks will produce desirable results if the western parties show pragmatism and grow realistic.

“We should see the good will of the (opposite) negotiating sides before a comprehensive agreement can be reached,” he added.

The remarks came after the US congress (mostly grabbed by the Republicans) threatened to impose new sanctions against Iran, an issue which has been described as a redline by Tehran in the interim nuclear agreement reached with the world powers in November 2013.

In response Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani warned that the Iranian legislature would reciprocate any new US sanctions with intensifying nuclear activities, including enriching uranium to the 60% grade for industrial use.

Earlier today, over 220 Iranian lawmakers signed the bill of a law which necessitates the government to speed up the country’s nuclear activities in case the US imposes any further sanctions on Tehran.

“The bill requires the government to annul the Geneva Interim agreement (inked by Iran and the world powers in November 2013) and resume all its nuclear activities in case of intensified US sanctions,” Chairman of the parliament’s Nuclear Committee Ebrahim Karkhaneyee told FNA earlier today.

“Based on the bill, removal of all sanctions at once is the Islamic Republic of Iran’s precondition for implementation of any (possible) comprehensive nuclear deal,” he added.

Karkhaneyee underlined that 220 MPs have so far inked the bill which will be submitted to the parliament’s Presiding Board in the next few days.

The 10th round of negotiations between Iran and the six world powers was held in Vienna from November 18 to 24, where the seven nations decided to extend the talks until July after they failed to strike an agreement.

The latest round of the nuclear talks between the two sides was held at the level of deputy foreign ministers in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 18.

The two sides decided to continue their talk early in February.

Both Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) negotiators have underlined that cutting a final deal before the July 10 deadline is possible.

By Fars News Agency
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