West must accept nuclear Iran - Jalali
Senior Iranian lawmaker Kazem Jalali says the West must accept Iran as a nuclear state for Tehran's talks with the six world powers to yield any result, PressTV reported.
"Unfortunately certain governments do not want Iran's talks with the P5+1 -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the US plus Germany -- to reach a conclusion," the spokesman of the Parliament (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said on Saturday.
The experience gained by Iran from talks with this group over the past years shows that some of these countries do not seek to resolve outstanding issues in negotiations, IRNA quoted Jalali as saying.
Iran and the P5+1 wrapped up two days of multifaceted talks in the Swiss city of Geneva on December 7 during which both sides agreed to hold the next round of talks in Istanbul, Turkey, in late January.
The comprehensive talks were held between Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili and EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton, who represents the P5+1, after the West expressed willingness to return to the negotiating table.
Referring to Iran's suggestion for the new round of talks, Jalali said Tehran has announced many times that as a regional and international power, it has capacities and capabilities which could be used for resolving mutual problems and concerns.
"There are many mutual concerns and issues which could be the basis for Iran's talks with the P5+1."
Jalali named the spread of terrorism in the region, narcotics production in Afghanistan and issues related to Iraq and Lebanon as some of these mutual concerns.