Iran to continue nuclear talks only if other side shows respect
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 23
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran will continue nuclear talks only if the other side shows respect, Iran's deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi said.
"We will continue negotiating as long as we see respectful behavior from the other side, otherwise we will leave the negotiating table," Araqchi said, Iran's Fars news agency reported Feb. 23.
The Iranian nation will never surrender to a language of threat and pressure, he said.
Referring to recent comments of the US Secretary of State John Kerry, he said, "Unfortunately, we have been faced with such an attitude by the US during the talks. Both the US and the P5+1 group have found out that political pressure and media propaganda will not force Iran to change its policy and method in the nuclear talks."
The US Secretary of State said on Feb. 21 that the US has no intention of extending the deadline on the nuclear talks, which is currently set for March 31 2015, and is ready to pull away from the negotiations table.
"The United States may pull out of the talks because of substantial differences of opinion," Kerry said.
Iran and the P5+1 (the US, the UK, Russia, China, France and Germany) extended their talks to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal, with the aim of reaching a high-level political agreement by March 31, and confirming the full technical details of the agreement by July 1.
After the sides failed to meet the November 24, 2014 deadline they also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed in November 2013 to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
Edited by CN