Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 12
By Umid Niayesh, Saeed Isayev - Trend: Iran's nuclear case should return from UN Security Council to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and to be handled as a regular case, Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said, Mehr news agency reported on Nov. 12.
Zarif went on to note that, the IAEA is the correct structure for resolving the nuclear dispute, saying the IAEA is the entity which has competence for verification integrity of Iran's nuclear program.
The IAEA, whose mission is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, has been trying to negotiate a so-called structured approach with Iran giving the inspectors access to sites, officials and documents for their long-stalled inquiry.
"The UN Security Council's cruel presence in the nuclear issue should end," he added. "All past problems linked to the issue should be resolved with the help of IAEA."
On Nov. 11, Zarif said during an interview by Iranian IRIB 2 State TV, that the West should regain trust of the Iranian nation by accepting the realities on the ground.
"Talks with Tehran over the country's nuclear energy program should be based on mutual trust," he added.
Zarif also said the angry remarks by Israel and its supporters in the United States show that they're not happy about the considerable progress that was achieved during the latest round of talks in Geneva.
Iranian official's remarks come as a response to the US Secretary of State John Kerry, who said Iran of backing away from a potential deal in Geneva.
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.
The last round of nuclear talks between Iran and the five United Nations veto powers plus Germany, which known as P5+1, ended on November 10 without any result.
The two sides have agreed to resume talks on Nov. 20.