West mistakes negotiating for bargaining in Iran's nuclear talks
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 10
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani said the West has mistaken negotiating for bargaining.
"They follow a bargaining approach instead of negotiating in the nuclear talks," Iran's Fars news agency quoted Larijani as saying on Feb. 10.
"I believe that negotiation can be helpful for the nuclear issue. But, some follow a bargaining approach instead of negotiating in the nuclear talks. Sometimes they talk about trivial things which could be problematic for them."
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says an agreement on the country's nuclear energy program can only be signed when Western countries stop exerting pressure on Tehran.
"The policies of pressure and dialog are mutually exclusive," he added.
"If Western countries intend to negotiate with Iran, they should make a political decision, which might be difficult for some, and cease applying pressure," Zarif said.
The talks between Iran and the P5+1 (the US, the UK, Russia, China, France and Germany) group were extended until July 1, 2015 to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement.
After the sides failed to meet the Nov. 24, 2014 deadline they also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed in Nov. 2013 to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
The US and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.
Edited by CN