Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 23
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Former Iranian diplomat to the United Nations Ali Khorram told Trend on Feb. 23 that the country's nuclear talks are on track.
Khorram stated that Iran and the Group P5+1 (the US, UK, Russia, China, France, and Germany) have reached positive understanding with Iran which is likely to turn into final agreements.
He noted that in the current week and over the next few weeks to come, the main point of the talks would be to create trust in order to reach a comprehensive deal.
Providing comments on the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's recent remarks that he endorses single-stage negotiations, Khorram said, "The remarks were made so that in the future no side could claim that they had reached agreement on generalities but remain in disagreement on the details."
So, Ayatollah Khamenei's statements mean that if agreement is made on the generalities, it must also be made on the details, he noted.
"Therefore, his statement can help the negotiators, assuring them that they will not get stuck in the middle of the job and that they can push the negotiations to the end," he noted.
Providing comments on narrowing gaps between Iran and the West he said that when sides talk, naturally some amount of trust is built, so that they will not be as strict as they used to be in the past.
"Now Iran understands the Group P5+1 better than in the past and the six major powers also trust Iran more," he stated.
In reference to the removal on sanctions on Iran, the former official said that when agreement is reached on the nuclear case, one of the main issues will be to remove the sanctions, which will come as the related affairs progress.
The current round of talks is for the first time attended by Chairman of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, AliAkbar Salehi and US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. The two attended the talks to discuss detailed technical issues.
The talks between Iran and the P5+1 were extended until June 30, 2015 to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement. However, the sides are attempting 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