Deputy FM: Serious agreement main goal of nuclear talks
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi says a "serious agreement" is the main goal of talks with the six major world powers over the country's nuclear energy program, PressTV reported.
"Negotiations are conducted with seriousness. Talks are not aimed at receiving publicity," Araqchi said on Saturday.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain - plus Germany held two days of negotiations over Tehran's nuclear energy program behind closed doors in the Swiss city of Geneva on October 15-16.
During a meeting on October 15, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif presented Iran's proposal titled "Closing an Unnecessary Crisis, Opening a New Horizon" to EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, and the representatives of the six countries. The two sides agreed to keep the details of the proposal confidential for the time being.
Araqchi added that the contents of the Geneva talks would remain confidential in order to achieve a better result.
The Iranian official rejected speculations by various individuals with different purposes about the content of the recent nuclear talks and called on Iranians to ignore the media hype.
Zarif said Iran and the six powers have agreed to keep the contents of the talks confidential in an attempt to avert the potential negative effects of propaganda.
Following the negotiations, Ashton lauded the talks as the most "detailed" and "substantive" ever between the two sides, describing Iran's new proposal as an "important contribution."
Iran and the six powers agreed to meet again in Geneva on November 7-8.