No breakthrough expected in negotiations on Iran nuclear program
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 7 / Trend E. Kosolapova/
No breakthrough in negotiations on Iran nuclear program between Iran and P5+1 is expected in the next round of nuclear talks, David Merkel, Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations - John Hopkins University in the Us and Former US State Department and National Security Council Senior official believes.
"I feel confident in saying there will not be a breakthrough," Merkel told Trend in an interview.
According to Merkel, obviously nuclear centrifuges will continue to stay in Iran and Iran will get closer and closer to micro weapon capabilities without ensuring safety.
Meanwhile, it is an issue of great importance and priority for Washington to reach a diplomatic solution, he said.
The next round of nuclear talks between Iran and P5+1 group will be held in Kazakstan in late February.
Tehran and the P5+1 had as well held three rounds of talks earlier; one in Geneva in December 2010 and two in Istanbul in January 2011 and in April 2012.
The West, led by the United States, has imposed sanctions against Iran, accusing Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran has repeatedly dismissed the Western allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has every right to pursue nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.