FM: Iran waits for Ashton to schedule nuclear talks
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 8/ Trend D. Khatinoglu/
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told Jam-e Jam TV that Iran is ready to pursue nuclear negotiations with the western countries and waits for the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission Catherine Ashton to schedule to restart the nuclear talks.
During a joint press conference in Tehran, Turkish and Iranian foreign ministers expressed interest, saying that Turkey could be the "best venue to hold the P5+1 talks", Press TV channel reported on Jan.5.
In Dec. 2010 Iran and the P5+1 have already held two rounds of multifaceted talks in Geneva and in Turkish city of Istanbul last January. Tehran says it is ready to continue the talks based on common grounds, adding, however, that it has no intention of backing down on its nuclear rights. P5+1 include five permanent members of the UN Security Council - China, Russia, Britain, France and the US - plus Germany.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in Tehran Wednesday for two days of talks with Iranian officials on recent international developments, including the situation in Syria and Iran's nuclear dispute with the West.
Davutoglu noted that Turkey supports peaceful talks regarding Iran's nuclear program, and underlined that country sees no threat is brotherly country of Iran.
In his turn Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi spoke about sanctions imposed on Iran. Salehi said Iran is not concerned about the sanctions, and added that country is ready to counter such actions.
The United Nations Security Council has imposed four rounds of sanctions against Iran's nuclear program, intended to impede this country's suspicious nuclear activities. Some other countries including Japan, Australia, South Korea, European Union headed by the U.S imposed more tighten sanctions against Iran to prevent this country to reach nuclear weapon.
Iran says its nuclear activities are peaceful.