Top official: Iran ready for talks with EU
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 13 / Trend /
Iran is ready for talks with the EU and has not changed its position on this issue, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran Saeed Jalili's new letter addressed to European Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton reads, ISNA reported.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has stated about this.
The letter reads that Iran believes cooperation can solve all the confusion in positive and constructive atmosphere, Mehmanaparast added.
"We continue to develop our civilian nuclear program," he said. "We understand the benefits of constructive talks and cooperation, and are ready for them."
Iran's chief negotiator on the nuclear issue Jalili sent a letter to Ashton with a proposal to begin new talks on Iran's nuclear program, Reuters said on Monday.
The last round of negotiations on Iran's nuclear program took place in January 2011 in Istanbul.
According to Catherine Ashton, who represented at the talks the "six" (five permanent Security Council members - Britain, China, Russia, USA, France plus Germany), the talks ended without result.
Ashton said that Iranian officials made "unrealistic" demands in the negotiations - lifting of UN sanctions against the Islamic Republic and the agreement under which Iran would continue its research in the field of nuclear energy.