Iran, P5+1 on right path, but no concrete results yet - Deputy FM
By: Saeed Isayev, Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend: Iran and the P5+1 group are on the right path, but so far it is too early to say, there are no concrete results yet, Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi said, IRINN reported on Nov. 7.
Iran and the P5+1 group started the nuclear negotiations earlier today in Geneva. The meeting is the second since President Hassan Rouhani took office in August pledging to resolve the nuclear dispute and lift sanctions by engaging with world powers.
"The first round of talks was very short, however the negotiations were held in positive atmosphere and the sides are serious and willing to reach a common solution," Araqchi noted.
He went on to add that the sides, during the talks, discussed both past and future proposals on Iran's nuclear program.
"We should find a solution that would satisfy both sides. We both should take steps simultaneously," Araqchi said.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sounded a note of optimism ahead of the talks, saying he thought a deal could be within reach.
"There are many differences in views on both sides. It is hard, but both sides are pursuing the way to reach a common solution. P5+1 group assessed Iran's proposals positively, and we should be working within this framework," Araqchi said.
Speaking about Iran's uranium enrichment, Iranian official said halting it is "unacceptable".
"We have explained our proposals with more details during the meeting," he said, without specifying the details.
Last month's talks in Geneva - held in English for the first time - saw Iran reportedly outline a two-stage process that would resolve the dispute within a year.
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.