Iran views negotiations best way to save world powers from deadlock
Iran called on the world powers to try to find negotiated solutions to the deadlock they have created through their wrong domestic and foreign policies against Tehran, FNA reported.
"European Union sanctions on Iranian oil is a psychological warfare ... Imposing economic sanctions is illogical and unfair, and will not stop our nation from obtaining its rights," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said.
"The European countries and those who are under American pressure should think about their own interests. Any country that deprives itself of Iran's energy market will soon see that it has been replaced by others," he underlined.
"Consensus can only be reached through serious negotiations based on a cooperative approach and not via the wrong path of sanctions," Mehman-Parast said.
Earlier this week, a senior Iranian legislator had also called on the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) to show good will in the upcoming talks with Tehran to be able to achieve desirable results.
The US and West should accept the realities about Iran and realize that Iran is a powerful country, Chairman of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Sunday.
Iran's policy has never been based on war and conflict; however, Tehran will not grin and bear it when its interests are undermined, he added.
The Iranian legislator also pointed to a Friday statement by the European Union foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, which reiterates the openness of the P5+1 - Russia, China, France, Britain and the US plus Germany - to the talks with Iran, and urged goodwill to achieve outcomes.
If the G5+1 shows goodwill, talks will bear fruit; but, if it intends to repeat the previous rhetoric, the move will also be a repeat of the previous failures, Boroujerdi stated.
Iran and G5+1 attended three rounds of talks in Istanbul, Turkey, in January 2011.
The Iranian side was presided by Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili, while Ashton headed delegations from the six world powers.