By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
If the sides have seriousness and sincerity achieving a "good" nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group would be possible, Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council said.
He also said that a good deal should respect Iran's nuclear rights within the framework of the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty), Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.
Shamkhani made the remarks on March 1, during a meeting with visiting Italian foreign minister, Paolo Gentiloni.
While Iran has shown goodwill and taken confidence-building steps, lifting all illegal sanctions against Tehran is vital for achieving a nuclear deal, Shamkhani said.
A fresh round of Iran-P5+1(the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) talks over the Islamic Republic nuclear program will be held in Switzerland next week.
Senior officials from Iran and six powers will meet in Montreux, Switzerland, on March 5. The talks between political directors will be preceded by a series of bilateral meetings between Iran and some of the six powers on March 2.
Iran and the six governments aim to reach a political understanding by March 31 and agree on a comprehensive deal by a self-imposed June 30 deadline.
After the parties failed to meet the Nov. 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.
The US and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.
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