Iran advises 5+1 group not to enter talks with misconceptions
Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has advised the six major powers to put aside their misconceptions before engaging in talks with Iran, MNA reported.
Mehmanparast made the remarks during his regular press briefing in Tehran on Tuesday in reply to a question about the fact that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on May 24 that Washington would not ease sanctions on Iran before the next round of talks between Tehran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany), which is scheduled to be held in Moscow on June 18 and 19.
"As Mr. Jalili announced at his press conference in Baghdad (on May 24), the pressure-and-dialogue approach is a wrong approach and has not produced and will not produce results. It would be better if they do not enter the negotiations with false presumptions. We have always made efforts to turn pressures into opportunities. If they make mistakes again, they will achieve their desired result later. They deal with issues with false presumptions, and this is why they do not make headway."
Jalili, who is the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, led the Iranian delegation in the negotiations between Tehran and the six major powers, which were held in Baghdad on May 23 and 24.
"It will be regarded as a positive step if the 5+1 countries drop their illogical preconditions," Mehmanparast said.
He added, "Now that the path for constructive negotiations is being followed, we hope that we will bring our views closer together in the next meetings in Moscow or possibly in additional talks."