Iran's top nuclear negotiator: Next round of nuclear negotiations to be hard
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 16
By Umid Niayesh - Trend: Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister and top nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi forecasted that the next round of the Iran-P5+1 negotiations on Iran's nuclear program will be hard, Mehr news agency reported on Nov. 16.
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 next round of talks is scheduled to be held in Geneva on November 20 and 21.
Araqchi underlined that the agreement with West would not be realized without acknowledge of Iran's nuclear rights.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton will meet in Geneva before the Iran-P5+1 delegation's talks, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister added.
Zarif will also visit Italy to meet with Italian officials on his way to Geneva, Araqchi said.
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical research instead.