Top Iranian negotiator blames US for delay in Iran-G5+1 talks

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Iran's chief negotiator Saeed Jalili Monday slammed the US for the delay in the talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany), FNA reported.

Speaking in a meeting with Tunisian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Mocef Ben Salem in Tehran this evening, Jalili said that the international community expected a logical response by the six world powers to Tehran's "logical proposals" after the last round of multilateral talks in Moscow in June.

"Following the talks between Iran and the 5+1 in Moscow and the offer of logical proposals by the Islamic Republic of Iran, now the world community expects that these countries return to the negotiating table with a logical response to these proposals," Jalili, who is also the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), said.

"And now the US should account for this six-month delay" in the talks between Iran and the G5+1, he continued.

Earlier this year, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said that the US is not after resolving Iran's nuclear issue and has prevented a negotiated solution to the nuclear standoff in the talks between Iran and the six world powers.

"The US does not seek to solve problems and only creates obstacles in the progress of negotiations between Iran and G5+1," Mehman-Parast said on the sidelines of the 10th Eurasian Media Forum (EAMF) in the Kazakh capital of Astana in October.

Mehman-Parast said that Washington obstructed the negotiations whenever they yielded a positive result.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Iran held an "intense" round of talks with six world powers about its nuclear program in Moscow in June. The talks in the Russian capital followed two rounds of negotiations since diplomacy resumed in April after a 15-month hiatus during which the West cranked up sanctions pressure.

Iranian officials have repeatedly insisted on an easing of sanctions and an acknowledgment of the country's right to enrich uranium, conditions that the United States and the EU have not accepted.

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