Iran will not accept excessive demands: Afkham

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham

Tehran, March 4, IRNA – Iran will not accept excessive demands in negotations over its peaceful nuclear program, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said in a weekly press conference on Wednesday.

Iran and US continue the intense talks in Monteux and the two sides are using the opportunity to find a solution to the remaining issues, she added.

Afkham noted that it is early to judge the outcome of talks.

Iran and G5+1 have the political will to continue the talks; Iran will not accept excessive demands and will continue its peaceful nuclear activities, she asserted.

Afkham underlined that Iran’s nuclear activities are peaceful and that the IAEA reports have always confirmed the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities.

She said that all sides at talks are willing to reach a political agreement before end of March.

Commenting on the talks between Iran and G5+1 deputy foreign ministers on Thursday, the spokeswoman said that there is no report about presence of G5+1 ministers at the meeting.

While commenting on the anti-Iran claims of Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the US lawmakers which coincided with the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 in Switzerland, she said that Netanyahu’s remarks are not important for Iran.

Afkham added that Tehran negotiates based on its national interests in order to reach a good deal which allows Iran to continue its peaceful nuclear program.

The new round of talks between Iran and US in Montreux comes as representatives from Iran and the United States held three rounds of intense negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva on February 22-23 to bridge their differences ahead of a key July 1 deadline for reaching a comprehensive deal.

Iran and the G5+1 countries – Britain, France, China, Russia, and the United States plus Germany – are in talks to narrow their differences on outstanding issues related to Iran’s nuclear energy program.

The two sides have missed two deadlines since an interim deal was signed in November 2013. They have set July 1 as the next deadline for the talks.

By IRNA