Iran says nuclear talks proved hardships can be removed (UPDATE)
Tehran, Iran, May 18
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the country's nuclear talks have proven that hardships can be removed through sincerity and goodwill.
Zarif made the remarks in a press conference with his Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó.
He said that reaching a nuclear agreement would bring great gifts for the region, since tackling regional problems without Iran will be difficult, Tasnim news agency reported May 18.
Stressing that Tehran is determined to cooperate with the international body, he said that Iran's cooperation will seek national security and will not go beyond that.
Zarif said that Iran's cooperation with the world will be conducted within the framework of the country's national security and expediency concerns, adding that the Islamic Republic will not allow interference beyond that framework.
He went on to say that the Additional Protocol to the NPT does not allow unbridled inspections of the country's nuclear sites.
The Iranian foreign minister said in another part of his speech that the Iranian government's top priority in foreign policy is to resolve regional problems, including that of Yemen.
Also pointing to the ongoing talks on Iran's nuclear program, he said that excessive demands by the sides negotiating Iran will make the talks drag on.
Iran and the group 5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) are in talks over Tehran's nuclear program.
The talks are set to end in a final deal by June 30.
The deal is envisioned to limit Iran's nuclear activity and in return remove international sanctions on the country's economy.
Edited by CN