No place for military issues in Iran nuclear talks: Official

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani reiterated that negotiations between Tehran and six major world powers solely focus on nuclear topics, dismissing any talk of military subjects in the talks.

Non-nuclear subjects, including the country’s military issues, have no place in the negotiations at all, Shamkhani said in an interview with Arabic-language Al-Manar TV.

He also noted that Tehran continues the path of talks vigilantly and with a sense of “distrust”, given the record of US hostility towards Iran and imposition of “illegal and cruel sanctions” against the Iranian nation.

Back in April, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underscored that the talks with the US revolve only around the nuclear issue and nothing else, but at the same time noted that the nuclear negotiations provide an experience to test the possibility of talking on other subjects.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) have held several rounds of talks in recent months to hammer out a lasting accord that would end more than a decade of impasse over Tehran’s civilian nuclear program.

On April 2, Iran and the sextet reached a framework nuclear agreement in Lausanne, Switzerland, with both sides committed to push for a final deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), until the end of June.

By Tasnim News Agency