Germany sees progress in Iran, G5+1 N. talks

German Foreign Ministry Spokesman Martin Schaefer

German Foreign Ministry Spokesman Martin Schaefer

TEHRAN (FNA)- German Foreign Ministry Spokesman Martin Schaefer announced that Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) have made progress in their nuclear talks.

“The progress has been made in recent weeks,” Schaefer said in his weekly press conference in Berlin on Friday.

Schaefer said that Iran and the G5+1 will continue their talks on the sidelines of a UN human rights and disarmament conference in Geneva next week.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will head to Geneva on Tuesday to attend the conference.
He will be joined in Geneva by his counterparts from the US, Russia and European Union.

There have reportedly been media speculations about likely foreign ministerial talks on the Iranian nuclear issue on the sidelines of the upcoming UN meeting in Geneva.
On Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that a final deal on Tehran’s nuclear issue requires the West’s political will, adding that the country doesn’t negotiate under pressure.

“It is now the US that needs to take the required steps to get the nuclear negotiations back to their right path after their previous deviation,” President Rouhani said, addressing a press conference in the Central city of Qom.

The Iranian president reiterated that in the nuclear talks Iran has acted wisely in the nuclear talks with the world powers, and said, “If we succeed our desirable goal will be achieved and even if we fail to strike a final deal, the world countries’ judgment will be that the other side is violating the rules.”

He noted that the US officials have confessed to the reality that when they say that if the negotiations will fail the US can no longer preserve unity among other side’s members against Iran, which means they will get scattered.

On Monday, President Rouhani said that the country’s logical approach in talks with the world powers and its transparent cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog had caused the world states to admit that Tehran’s nuclear technology is for peaceful purposes.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the meeting of Science Ministers of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member states, President Rouhani stressed that in the today world nobody could ever claim that Iran’s nuclear program is non-peaceful.

The Iranian and American teams of negotiators started several days of talks in Geneva last Friday. Then after two days of negotiations, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and President Rouhani’s brother and senior aide Hossein Fereidoun as well as US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz joined their deputies in the talks.

After two days of intensive negotiations with his US counterpart, Zarif said that Tehran and Washington have had “serious, useful and constructive” talks in the last few days, but there is still a long way ahead before a final nuclear deal can be struck.

Speaking to reporters on Monday and after two days of talks with his US counterpart, Zarif said, “We have made progress on some topics to some extent, but there is still a long way to pave before reaching a final deal.”

He noted that Iran and the G5+1 had “serious, useful and constructive” talks, specially with the US whose secretaries of state and energy also took part in the negotiations.

The Iranian foreign minister reiterated that there will be no agreement unless both sides agree on all issues.

By Fars News Agency