Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he sees “every possibility for success” of the forthcoming nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers. “I think there is every possibility for success of these talks, provided that the two sides engage in these discussions with good faith and with the political will to resolve the problem,” Zarif said on Tuesday at a joint press conference with his Italian counterpart Emma Bonino. Zarif was in Rome during a stopover on his way to Geneva to attend the negotiations.
“We should engage in this (nuclear diplomacy) on the basis of mutual respect and equal footing, on the basis of respect for the rights of everybody involved, and on the basis that you cannot dictate a solution,” he noted.Zarif expressed Tehran’s eagerness to find a peaceful solution to the nuclear issue, saying, “A solution must be arrived at together with the participation of the parties involved and I see every possibility for reaching that.”
The Iranian foreign minister also expressed optimism over the prospect of achieving a nuclear deal with the Sextet of world powers in the upcoming round of talks, noting, “Certainly I go to Geneva with the determination to come out with an agreement. At the end of this round I hope we will.”Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany will resume their next round of talks in Geneva on Wednesday under intense lobbying effort and pressures by Israel to prevent a deal between Iran and the six world powers. Tel Aviv has demanded that Iran dismantle its entire nuclear energy program in return for the removal of sanctions which have been imposed against the country. This comes as the Israel regime is believed to be the sole possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East with 200-400 nuclear warheads. During the last round of talks in Geneva, a first-step agreement was within reach but the position taken by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in favor of the Israeli regime and a lack of commitment by US Secretary of State John Kerry spoiled the negotiations. ASH/HMV/SS