|West had no option but to choose negotiating table: Iranian official||
TEHRAN – Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary, Ali Shamkhani, said on Thursday that the West had no option but to choose the negotiating table to engage Iran on the dispute over the country’s nuclear program.
Iran and the major powers held talks in Vienna from Tuesday to Thursday in pursuit of a final deal on Tehran’s nuclear program. They agreed to meet again in the Austrian capital on March 17.
Shamkhani also said, “If negotiators of the other side were to continue making unreasonable excuses during nuclear talks and follow the path of hostility instead of that of interaction, we state that the window of interaction and cooperation will not remain open forever.”
“Indecision on the part of the other side in the process of talks can be one of the main factors that can inflict irreversible damage on the West despite Iran’s show of sincere good faith in negotiations,” he said.
He went on to say that it is a misconception that the sanctions against Iran have affected the country’s approach toward nuclear talks.
Elsewhere in his remarks, he said that Iran has started a new confidence-building campaign in order to show its goodwill to the world, adding that the Islamic Republic intends to demonstrate its honesty in regard to its nuclear program which is meant for peaceful purposes.
“Members of the negotiating team are representing the political will of the system to have constructive interaction on the international stage,” he said.
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