Araqchi: Iran's defense system nothing for negotiation
Tehran, Iran, May 21
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that the country will never negotiate over its defense system with the P5+1.
Araqchi, Iran's top nuclear negotiator said the other side insists on putting the issue of Iranian missiles on the agenda of the nuclear talks with Tehran.
However, he said that Tehran has so far prevented this, and will continue to do so until the end of the talks, Iran's ISNA News Agency reported on May 21.
He went on to note that Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries disagreed on most of the topics on the agenda in recent talks in Vienna.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the U.S., China, Russia, France and the UK - plus Germany wrapped up their latest round of high-level nuclear talks in the Austrian capital Vienna on May 16, Press TV reported.
Tehran and the six countries have been discussing ways to iron out differences and start drafting a final deal that would end the West's decade-old dispute with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program.
In November 2013, the two sides signed an interim nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Geneva that came into force on January 20.
Edited by C.N.