Iran expects reciprocity by west fulfilling its commitments

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Baku, Azerbaijan, April 21

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Iran expects P5+1 to reciprocate by fulfilling its commitments, senior Iranian official says.

Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Twitter page on April 21 that as International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed Tehran is keeping its pledges and intends to continue doing so.

"We will negotiate at the negotiating table, not in public," Zarif wrote, adding, "We should be forward looking to proceed."

Zarif, who leads the Iranian nuclear negotiation team, also underlined (there is) "onus to succeed on all sides to overcome hurdles."

Under a six-month interim deal between Iran and the P5+1(the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) which took effect on Jan. 20, the six major powers agreed to give Iran access to its $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if the country fulfills the deal's terms which offer sanctions relief in exchange for steps on curbing the Iranian nuclear program.

The two sides intend to continue their talks to reach a final agreement to fully resolve the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program.

The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical research instead.

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