Iran says nuclear talks 'could be different' if world powers show goodwill

Nuclear Program Materials 20 February 2013 20:13 (UTC +04:00)

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araghchi said Tuesday that the upcoming talks between the P5+1 group of world powers and Iran could be different from previous negotiations if the other side proves its goodwill and sincere intentions, according to IRNA news agency, reported Azernews.

"We have to wait and see what approach the other side takes in the upcoming talks," he said.

Iran and the P5+1 group -- Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, and Germany -- have agreed to hold the next round of talks with a focus on Iran's nuclear energy program in Almaty, Kazakhstan on February 26.

Also, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said recently that the P5+1 group has not yet provided Iran with its proposals regarding Iran's nuclear program.

"During the nuclear meeting in Kazakhstan they might propose something to Iran, however officially we have not received any proposals," Mehmanparast said.

Mehmanparast said the world powers offered Iran to shut down the Fordo plant, to stop the uranium enrichment, in turn allowing the country to carry out gold transactions.

"They want to take away the rights of a nation in exchange for allowing trade in gold," Mehmanparast said, adding that the offer was unacceptable.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the P5+1 group that the Iranian side holds negotiations with has to accept the nation's nuclear rights.

"If our rights are accepted and recognized, then all possible consequences would be eliminated," he said, adding that striking a common ground would help the sides to resolve the issue.

In 2012, representatives of the P5+1 group and Iran held three rounds of talks -- in Istanbul on April 14, in Baghdad on May 23-24 and Moscow on June 18-19. None of these meetings resulted in breakthroughs on disputed nuclear issues.

Previously talks between the six powers and Iran were not conducted for over a year.

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.