Iranian top negotiator asks G5+1 countries for consistency in decision making

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An Iranian top nuclear negotiator referring to US move contrary to Geneva nuclear deal with Sextet said if G5+1 countries do want talks with Iran to progress seriously they should observe its necessities, such as good will, understanding, and cooperation, IRNA reported.

"The US administration has claimed that these individuals and companies have breached the previously imposed sanctions and that they (the US officials) are right in adding them to the sanctions list, but we believe this move is definitely contrary to the soul of the Geneva agreement," said Seyyed Abbas Araqchi Friday night.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister said that the involved sides in the nuclear deal had agreed to pursue the negotiations in an atmosphere of good will and cooperation.

He added, "In the early days after reaching the nuclear deal we were witnesses to some moves in Europe, which of course they said were based on previous acts, and they somehow justified them, and now the same scenario is repeated by the Americans."

"We seriously criticize these moves, believing that they are in full contrast with the needed good will for achieving a bilateral comprehensive agreement."

Araqchi added that in early the days after the Geneva deal the Iranian officials were faced with a kind of undecidedness on the part of the US officials, so that on the one hand they claimed they were blocking the path for imposing new sanctions (in the US Congress), and on the other hand they make such moves as adding companies to the sanctions list (in President Obama's own administration!)"

"On the one hand they say that they have accepted the enrichment (right of Iran) and on the other hand they say other things," he said in reference to the US secretary of state's remarks.

Member of the Iranian nuclear team emphasized that such moves by no means contribute to the progress of the negotiations and are quite unconstitutive.

On the reason why the Iranian team for technical negotiations returned to Tehran from Vienna on Friday night, he said, "We summed up the negotiations that our technical team had in Vienna last night."

He said, "We are not quite pleased with the progress of the negotiations and they have not been satisfactory for us, as they have been on the one hand very slow, and on the other hand the side sanctions issue got involved.

"All in all we came up with the conclusion that our technical delegation had better return o Tehran for more consultations," added Araqchi.

Iranian negotiators halted nuclear talks with major powers to return to Tehran for consultations after Washington blacklisted a dozen companies and individuals for evading US sanctions, state media reported.

ˈThe Iranian negotiators interrupted the talks with the P5+1 (also known as the G5+1, E3+3, and the Sextet) for consultations in Tehran,ˈ a negotiator told IRNA.

The negotiators had been discussing the implementation of a landmark interim accord agreed last month with the P5+1 -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany.

The decision to halt the talks in Vienna came hours after Washington blacklisted a dozen overseas companies and individuals for evading US sanctions on Iran.

The move prompted two top senators to bow to White House pleas not to introduce new sanctions in Congress.

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