A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator says the Islamic Republic will continue talks with the six major world powers on its nuclear energy program.
Speaking after a meeting with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton in Brussels on Tuesday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said Tehran and the six countries will resume expert-level negotiations soon to find ways to implement the nuclear deal that the two sides recently reached in Geneva.
He lashed out at the US for its unconstructive stance against Iran and urged American officials to avoid taking such provocative measures if they really want the negotiations to go on.
“Stressing the need for avoiding measures which will lead to misunderstandings, Lady Ashton gave her assurances that the [Sextet] negotiating delegation, particularly the American side, will act as such,” Araqchi stated.
She also acknowledged that the two sides should remain committed to the Geneva deal, Araqchi added.
The senior member of the Iranian negotiating team emphasized that the US recent decision to add certain companies to the sanctions list prompted Iran to re-examine the issue of the continuation of the talks.
Araqchi stated that if the two sides are to reach a reasonable and proper agreement, they must act on “goodwill and mutual understanding.”
The administration of US President Barack Obama on December 12 issued new sanctions against more than a dozen Iranian and foreign companies and individuals for “providing support” for Tehran’s nuclear program.
The US Treasury Department said it was freezing assets and banning transactions of entities that had attempted to evade the sanctions against Iran.
The new US embargoes come despite the nuclear deal inked between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24.
The interim deal seeks to set the stage for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.
As part of the Geneva deal, it was agreed that the current sanctions on the Islamic Republic would be partially lifted and no more sanctions would be imposed on Iran for six months.
Araqchi further said that during his Monday visit to Germany, he has held talks with German officials on the latest developments in the negotiations between Tehran and the six countries after the Geneva deal as Berlin is one of Tehran’s closest partners in the European Union.