Baku, Azerbaijan, March 15
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Iranian deputy foreign minister and member of nuclear negotiation team Majid Takht Ravanchi has said that Tehran will never abandon its urge for western countries to lift their sanctions.
We still have a couple of differences with the group 5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) on technical grounds, he said, adding that no time can be foreseen for a comprehensive deal, Fars news agency reported March 14.
Iran and the six major powers are in talks over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. The sides have decided to reach a political understanding by the end of March, and a comprehensive agreement by July 1.
Takht Ravanchi asserted that Iran requires the Western powers to lift the entire sanctions, including those imposed by the UN Security Council, the US government, and the US Congress.
"We will pit the trustworthiness of the US against the nuclear talks, that is, if they do not make excessive demands and do not discuss things outside the nuclear scope, we will be able to think about other issues as well," he said.
He said that at the same times as Iran cooperates with the group, it expects to see goodwill on their side as well; else Tehran would deem it unnecessary to settle for talks on other issues.