|Sweden says nuclear deal has created new atmosphere in Tehran-West relations||
TEHRAN – Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has said that the Geneva nuclear deal between Iran and major powers has created a new atmosphere in relations between Tehran and the West and opened up new opportunities.
Mr. Bildt made the remarks during a meeting with Ali Akbar Velayati, the director of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council, in Tehran on Wednesday.
The Swedish foreign minister also said that all countries, which have signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, can use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, adding that if Iran provides guarantees that its nuclear program is totally peaceful, the sanctions against the country will be lifted.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) clinched an interim deal in Geneva on November 24, 2013 according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief.
The Geneva agreement is designed to provide time to negotiate a comprehensive solution to Iran’s nuclear issue.
The six-month interim agreement came into force on January 20.
Iran and the six major powers will begin talks in Vienna on February 18 to finalize a comprehensive nuclear deal.
For his part, Velayati said that the first stage of talks between Iran and major powers produced relatively positive results, adding that it is possible to make more progress if the two sides continue negotiations in good faith.
Mr. Bildt also met with Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani on the same day.
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