Iranian president criticizes former rounds of nuclear talks

Politics Materials 19 October 2013 13:41 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 19 /Trend N. Umid/

All sides of the negotiations on Iran's nuclear issue have stressed that the format of the former talks was unsuitable, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said, his official website reported.

Rouhani made the remarks during his meeting with new Swiss Ambassador to Tehran.
He went on to note that two sides can use better format for building mutual trust.

Rouhani also underlined that Iran is interested to achieve a win-win result on the country's nuclear issue.

The Iranian president underscored that Iran showed its willingness for resolving the issue during the last round of talks with P5+1 group in Geneva.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany known as the P5+1, held a new round of talks on Tehran's nuclear energy program in Geneva on October 15 and 16.

Iran submitted a new proposal to P5+1 during the meetings.

Rouhani also criticized sanctions against Iran, saying that Iran faces problems for buying medicine and food due to sanctions.

He expressed hope that western sides take effective steps towards resolving the problem.
Iran tries to show that its nuclear program is within legal frameworks and has nothing for hiding, Rouhani added.

Rouhani also expressed hope that Switzerland as the protecting power of the US interests in Iran will transfer Islamic Republic's goodwill to the United States.

The US and Iran have not had diplomatic relations since US embassy personnel in Tehran was taken hostage for 444 days starting in late 1979.

In the absence of formal relations, Switzerland represents US interests in Tehran, and Pakistan represents Iranian interests in Washington. The only Iranian diplomatic presence in the US is its delegation to United Nations headquarters in New York.

The Iranian and U.S. Foreign Ministers met in New York after 34 years and the two countries' presidents talked for the first time via telephone later in September.