Iran says talks with US energy minister ‘fruitful’
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.27
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Chairman of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi said talks with the US Secretary of Energy were fruitful.
Salehi said he negotiated technical issues, which had faced deadlock, with US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on the sidelines of the nuclear talks, Iran 's ISNA news agency reported on Feb. 27.
"Fortunately, we gained good results and took long steps. Of course, there are still issues which should be discussed."
Reaching agreement on technical issues will pave the way for legal and political agreements, he noted.
He added that the two sides would continue negotiations in Switzerland on March 2.
Salehi and Moniz held three rounds of talks on Feb. 21 and 22.
Iran's deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi said on Feb. 23 that Iran will continue nuclear talks only if the other side shows respect.
"We will continue negotiating as long as we see respectful behavior from the other side, otherwise we will leave the negotiating table," Araqchi said.
"The Iranian nation will never surrender to a language of threat and pressure," he added.
The talks between Iran and the P5+1 were extended until June 30, 2015 to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement. However, the sides attempt to reach a political accord in March.
After the parties failed to meet the November 24, 2014 deadline they also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed in November 2013 for providing Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
Edited by CN