Austria FM vows full security for nuclear talks

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has emphasized the importance of providing full security for the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries over Tehran’s nuclear program, Press TV reports.

“We want the negotiations to have the perfect surrounding for the talks and security is a very important aspect,” Kurz said in an interview with Press TV in Vienna on Saturday.

The foreign minister’s remarks come as the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported earlier in June that a computer virus, widely used by Israeli spies, had attacked the hotels hosting nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries.

The development could serve as “the first concrete evidence that the nuclear negotiations were targeted and by whom,” the WSJ wrote.

Russian-based Cybersecurity Company Kaspersky has said that the malware dubbed Duqu, a sophisticated spy tool that was believed to have been eradicated in 2012, appeared to have been used to spy on the talks on Iran’s nuclear issue.

The two sides have held talks at Swiss hotels of Beau-Rivage Palace, Royal Plaza Montreux, Intercontinental and Hotel President Wilson as well as Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria’s capital.

Meanwhile, the Israeli regime has denied links to the spying.

Kurz further expressed hope that his country, which currently hosts the nuclear talks between Iran and the six global powers, the United States, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany, “would be able to prepare everything that was necessary” to guarantee the security of the talks.”

He added that Austria, as a host country and not a negotiating side, is making efforts to prepare everything for the ongoing negotiations.

“We think an agreement would be a very important step, not only for the region, not only for Iran, but worldwide, so we hope that this final round here in Vienna will be a successful one,” Kurz pointed out.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are holding talks to finalize the text of a possible deal over Tehran’s nuclear program. The two sides reached a mutual understanding on the key parameters of the potential deal in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.

By Press TV