SNSC: P5+1 must respect Iran's rights
The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) says the rights of the Iranian people must be respected before any talks with the P5+1 group, Press TV reported.
SNSC Secretary Saeed Jalili insisted that Iran's potential in the region is undeniable and described measures against Iran taken by certain Western countries as useless, IRNA reported.
He made the remarks during a meeting with Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Liu Jin Min in Tehran on Monday.
He also called for the expansion of relations with China.
The Chinese official submitted a letter from Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo to Jalili, in which the Chinese side stressed the need for mutual efforts to boost Iran-China relations.
Earlier, Liu expressed support for Iran's nuclear rights during a meeting with the deputy secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Baqeri.
Dialogue between Iran and the P5+1 group -- Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, and Germany -- has been stalled since October 1, 2009, when the two sides met in Geneva.
On October 14, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the West was ready to return to the negotiations and made a proposal to hold three days of talks with Iran.