Iranian Vice Speaker: some 5+1 countries playing for time
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 4 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Some countries of the P5+1 group are playing for time in the nuclear talks with Iran, First Vice Speaker of the Majlis Mohammad Reza Bahonar told Trend, commenting on the upcoming negotiations between the sides in Kazakhstan.
"We are ready to continue negotiations, and if P5+1 group wants to solve the problem, we are ready to talk," Bahonar said.
Vice speaker added that Iran is ready to continue negotiations so the joint work with P5+1 would go ahead.
"We hope that good results will be achieved, as there are good things we can say during these discussions and meetings. Our negotiating team is handling this right now," Bahonar underscored.
Iran's negotiating team has today arrived in Kazakhstan's Almaty for the upcoming nuclear talks with the P5+1 group.
Iran's delegation includes Chairman of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran Saeed Jalili and his deputy Ali Bagheri, Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araghchi, Foreign Minister's advisor Hamid Reza Asgari, and Iran's former ambassador in UK Rasul Movahedian.
It has been previously reported that the next round of talks between Iran and P5+1 is to be held for the second time in Almaty, Kazakhstan on April 5.
The previous round of talks was held in the same city from Feb 26-27. A technical round of negotiation was also held between experts of the two sides in Istanbul on March 18.
According to Reuters, some Western officials have been suggesting there could be a chance of diplomatic progress in the long standoff over Iran's nuclear activities.
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.
The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical researches instead.