Iran does not intend to leave nuclear talks
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 24
By Khaid Kazimov - Trend:
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has asserted that his country will not leave the ongoing nuclear negotiations, pointing out that using pressure as a tool against Iran will leave negative impact on the talks.
Zarif who was speaking at the end of the Geneva talks held from Friday through Monday said that the Iranian team of negotiators is seeking a way to meet Iran's national rights, IRIB news agency reported Feb. 24.
"The negotiating parties surely know that if Iranian people's rights are not respected and if technical achievements are overlooked, there will be no agreement," the diplomat said.
"We have settled for negotiations within international frameworks and with political will; we have neither engaged, nor will engage, in media game."
Pointing to questions about further extending the talks, he said that Tehran does not consider any extension, believing that it will not help solve any problem.
He stressed that agreement has to be reached on the details of the case, maintaining in the meantime that there already is agreement on the generalities.
"If we are unable to make a deal on details, it will be very difficult to talk about an agreement," he said, adding that the negotiation time is mostly spent on the details.
"We will not have anything like a minor and a major agreement. We rather believe that an agreement has to be pursued at once. Of course we cannot agree on the entire issues in one moment, so it is necessary to lead the topics one by one, and that's what we are doing right now," the Iranian foreign minister reiterated.
Meanwhile, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi left Tehran for Vienna Feb. 23 for talks with the Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukia Amano.
The next round of nuclear talks will be held in Geneva March 2, according to a source with knowledge about schedules.
The latest of talks was for the first time attended by Chairman of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar 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 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) were extended until June 30, 2015 to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement. However, the sides attempt to reach a political accord in March.
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.