Minister: Road map on Iran's nuclear program to be prepared
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 28 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
A road map on Iran's nuclear program will be worked out on the July 3 meeting between Iran and the "5+1" group, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in Kazakhstan, Iranian media reported.
Salehi is currently in Kazakhstan on a working visit. Yesterday Salehi met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Kazykhanov, and the sides discussed the current state and future perspective of bilateral cooperation between Kazakhstan and Iran, issues of cooperation in the framework of international organizations and exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa.
Speaking of the "Iran - Six powers" meeting, Salehi reminded that an expert meeting from both sides is scheduled for July 3, where a mentioned road-map on Iran's nuclear program will be discussed and put together.
Iran and 5+1 group (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany) held three sessions of talks in Baghdad on May 23 and 24 after an earlier round of negotiations in the Turkish city of Istanbul in mid-April.
Another round of nuclear talks was held in Moscow on June 18-19. The Iranian negotiating delegation in the Moscow talks was led by Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili, and the P5+1 group of countries was headed by Catherine Ashton.
At the end of two days of talks between Iran and the P5+1 - China, Russia, Britain, France, the US and Germany - on June 19, the sides agreed to hold a follow-on technical level meeting in the Turkish city of Istanbul on July 3.
The West, led by the United States, has imposed sanctions against Iran, accusing Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran has repeatedly dismissed the Western allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has every right to pursue nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.