Expert: success in talks with IAEA can affect Iran's negotiations with P5+1

Nuclear Program Materials 19 December 2012 18:26 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 19 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/

Successful negotiations of Iran with IAEA can positively affect the country's negotiations with the P5+1 group, International relations expert Davoud Hermidas-Bavand told Trend.

"The parties must adjust themselves to some extent from previous positions in order to reach agreement and understanding," he said.

On Dec. 13, Iran and IAEA held nuclear talks in Tehran, and according to both agency's representatives and Iran's Ambassador to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh, the talks were constructive and positive.

Iran and IAEA have agreed to hold next round of talks on January 16, 2013.

However, days later on Dec. 18, Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Association Fereidoon Abbasi said that the country needs to continue enriching uranium to 20 percent.

"Twenty percent enrichment may not be something the Westerners agree with, however this is the right of Iranian people," he said.

Abbasi added, that according to the report of IAEA's Board of Governors, the agency's stance towards Iran has not changed.

Hermidas-Bavand told Trend that this statement of Iran's Atomic Energy Association has its share of psychological aspect.

"Both Iran and P5+1 have a common goal of solving the existing problem. This problem needs to be solved, and such statements intend for softening the negotiations, to bring the pressure on the other side," he said.

Washington and its Western allies suspect Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.