Talks with P5+1, West chance to build trust: Iran FM
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi expresses hope that the next round of talks between Iran and world powers will give the West the chance to establish trust, Press TV reported.
"Iran wishes for peace, stability and security in the region and the world. The Iranian culture is one of peace, friendship and expansion of ties with other countries," Salehi said in a meeting with Japan's former premier Yukio Hatoyama in Tehran on Saturday.
Referring to Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, Salehi added that Tehran will not give up its nuclear rights as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The Iranian official went on to say that, "Iran has endured all problems and restrictions for more than three decades to preserve its political independence and is determined continue on this path."
The Japanese official also expressed gratitude to Iran for Tehran's significant contribution of aid to the tsunami-stricken people of Japan.
Iran and the P5+1 have held two rounds of multifaceted talks, one in Geneva in December 2010 and another in the Turkish city of Istanbul in January 2011.
Tehran says it is ready to continue the talks based on common ground but has stressed that it will not give up any of its rights.
The United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program and have used this pretext to impose unilateral and international sanctions against the country.
Iran has refuted the allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the NPT and member of the IAEA, it is entitled to the peaceful use of nuclear technology.