EU foreign policy chief's spokesman: P5+1 needs to see Iran matching its words with deeds
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 1 / Trend, S. Isayev/
The P5+1 group noticed a more positive tone coming out of Iran, but we need to see Iran matching its words with deeds, chief spokesman of foreign policy chief and chief negotiator for the P5+1 group, Michael Mann told Trend.
Iran and P5+1 group have agreed to hold another nuclear meeting on October 15-16, aimed at jump-starting efforts to resolve a decade-long stand-off over Iran's nuclear ambitions.
Mann said "it is pretty much up to Iran", as far as the upcoming talks go.
"Good atmosphere is one thing, but we want to see Iran engaging in a positive way to the proposals that we've made," Mann said.
"We want to make progress quickly, and we hope they want to make progress quickly as well," the chief spokesperson to HRVP underscored.
Earlier today, speaking at the press conference in Tehran, Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said Iran has suggested a two-step approach to Iran's negotiations with P5+1 in Geneva.
When asked to comment on the issue, Mann said he was not aware of the idea.
Marzieh Afkham also said at the press conference that "lifting sanctions against Iran and accepting Iran's nuclear rights will be the end point of the nuclear negotiations".
Last Thursday, six major powers and Iran agreed to meet in Geneva for further talks on resolving the stand-off with Tehran on its nuclear program, the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.
"We had a discussion about how we would go forward with an ambitious time-frame to see whether we can make progress quickly," Ashton told reporters after a meeting between major powers and Iran.
The meeting took place on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York and included Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and counterparts from the United States, France, Russia, China and Germany.
At the same time, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has said that he sees the nuclear issue of Iran to be solved within 3-6 months.
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.
All previous negotiations between Iran and P5+1 did not yield any significant results.