Iran says ready to continue N-talks if 5+1 countries are prepared
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Tuesday the country is ready to continue talks with P5-plus-one whenever the other side is ready, reported ISNA.
The EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton has recently written a letter to Iranian top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili on further round of talks and Jalili is to give a reply to Ashton's letter.
Talks on Iran's nuclear program between the P5+1 (five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, China, Russia, France, Great Britain - and Germany) and Iran were held in December, 2010 in Geneva after a 14-month break. The next round of discussions took place on 21-22 January, 2011 in Istanbul. The meeting was chaired by EU High Representative for the Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton.
After the Istanbul talks, when addressing to journalists, Ashton told that she was disappointed with the results of discussions on Iran's nuclear program and with lack of movement by Iran.
"We are ready to take further steps following plans of Geneva 3 and Istanbul talks. We are set to pursue the issue, whenever the other party is ready," Mehmanparast told reporters in his weekly press conference.
He added the talks would focus on issues which were already agreed upon and Iran's nuclear issue would not be included in the dialogues at all.
"We believe that our nuclear work is underway in a natural way" he said adding, "we believe that other shared issues can be discussed."
The West accuses Iran of seeking nuclear arms. Iran denies the allegation and insists that its enrichment activities only seek peaceful purposes and power generation.