Iran expects positive steps will be taken at the meeting with the 'six' on the Iranian nuclear programme at Almaty on February 26, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said, RIA Novosti reported.
"We expect that constructive and positive steps will be taken during the meeting of the 'six'," Salehi told reporters after a meeting of the bilateral Russian-Iranian intergovernmental commission in Moscow on Tuesday. As he said, "the artificial problem of the Iranian nuclear programme which has existed for over 10 years, is an unfair challenge on Iran and the Western countries."
In 2012, representatives of the 'six' and Iran held three rounds of talks in Istanbul (April 14), Baghdad (May 23-24) and Moscow (June18-19). None of these meetings resulted in breakthroughs.
Previously talks between the 'six' and Iran were not conducted for over a year.
"This problem can be seen from three points of view, technical, legal and political. From the technical point of view, the experts are well aware there is no problem. Since these issues acquire political overtones, it added complexity to the problem, "the Iranian minister said.
The parties signed the following documents during the meeting: memorandum of understanding between the International Independent University of Environmental and Political Sciences (IIUEPS) and Ecological University of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the field of economy and education, a plan of joint activities in the framework of the memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of standardisation, metrology and conformity assessment between the Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology and Institute of Standards and Industrial Research of Iran, as well as the final report of the tenth meeting of the Russian-Iranian commission on trade and economic cooperation.