Thursday Jul 18, 201312:49 PM GMT
Iran says P5+1 talks must be ‘serious’ to succeed
A file photo of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Iran-P5+1 talks in the Kazakh city of Almaty
A file photo of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Iran-P5+1 talks in the Kazakh city of AlmatyIran Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi
A file photo of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Iran-P5+1 talks in the Kazakh city of Almaty
Following the recent meeting between EU foreign policy chief and members of the P5+1 group of world powers to discuss the bloc’s future talks with Iran, Tehran has reiterated that only “serious talks” based on mutual respect will lead to success.


Insisting that the “threat and sanction approach” has been proved unproductive, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic has been a “committed member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and will continue to abide by its commitments under the treaty’s framework.”

“The only way to reach an understanding would be through serious talks based on goodwill and the approach of dialogue and cooperation,” Araqchi further emphasized.

He then announced that the Islamic Republic plans to participate in future negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the P5+1 group - comprising the US, UK, France, China, and Russia plus Germany - backed by the national resolve which was manifest in the recent presidential election.

The Iranian official added that the Islamic Republic in turn expects the opposite sides “to adopt a constructive and cooperative approach as well and return to the negotiating table with goodwill.”

In a statement on Tuesday after meeting with top officials from the P5+1 in Brussels, European Union's Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton expressed the eagerness of the P5+1 group to resume negotiations with Iran over its nuclear energy program "as soon as possible."

She said the P5+1 group was waiting for Iran to nominate a negotiating team after the victory of Hassan Rohani as the country’s next president. Rohani is due to take office on August 4.

Iran and the P5+1 have held several rounds of talks on a range of issues, with the main focus being Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

The latest round of negotiations between the two sides was held in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 16. Two earlier meetings had been held in the Kazakh city of Almaty on April 5-6 and February 26-27.

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