Iran's top nuclear official optimistic about prospect of talks with 5+1

Iran's top nuclear official optimistic about prospect of talks with 5+1

Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 17

By Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend:

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi said that he is quite optimistic about prospect of nuclear talks between Iran and G5+1.

He made the remarks during a visit to Iran's Fars province, while talking to reporters on the sidelines of 18th Annual Asian Science Park Association (ASPA) Conference, IRNA reported on Oct.17.

Iran and G5+1 negotiations will make positive results and its prospect is bright, Salehi noted.

He lauded Iranian nation's achievements in various fields including nuclear technology.

Iran is a powerful country in the world and other world powers have no choice but to deal with Tehran in a genuinely reciprocal way, Salehi added.

Iran's foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the progress of the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Tehran and G5+1 group of the world powers on Oct.15.

Iran and the U.S. called that talks progressive and constructive.

Zarif said in the Austrian capital Vienna on Thursday that the Islamic Republic and the EU three - France, Germany and the United Kingdom - will start the talks within the next one or two weeks.

The latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and the 5+1 group was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last month in New York.

The West wants Iran to have single-digit thousands of active centrifuges, meaning it would take Tehran a long time to use them for producing high-level enriched uranium for nuclear weapon. Tehran who has 19,000 centrifuges has rejected reducing the number of active enrichment machines.

Iran and the P5+1 group sealed an interim deal for a six-month period in Geneva on November 23, 2013.

Under the deal, dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.

The deal took effect on Jan. 20 and was extended on July 20 until Nov. 24 to reach a permanent deal on Iran's disputed nuclear program.

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