Iranian armed forces support talks with P5+1, minister says
Iran's armed forces fully support continuation of talks with the P5+1 (UN Security Council's five permanent members plus Germany) on Tehran's 'nuclear dossier', according to Iran's Defence Minister, Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan.
Dehghan made the remarks at the opening of the 3rd Moscow Conference on International Security, ITAR-TASS reported on May 23.
"I am convinced that the fight against the weapons of mass destruction, the widespread non-discriminatory control of their spread, especially in the Middle East, guarantee an effective implementation of international laws and regulations by the international community," he said.
"I announce about Iranian armed forces' all-round support for the continuation of talks with the P5+1 and advocate for removal of severe sanctions and cancellation of resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council against our country," the Iranian minister stressed.
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 without any result.
Tehran and the six countries have been discussing ways to iron out differences and start drafting a final deal on Tehran's disputed nuclear 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.
The deal (the Joint Plan of Action), which came into force on January 20, stipulates that over the course of six months, Iran and the six countries will draw up a comprehensive nuclear deal which will lead to a lifting of all the sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
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 research instead.
Edited by S.I.