|Iran has entered nuclear talks with political will: Zarif||
TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says that the Islamic Republic has entered nuclear talks with the major powers with political will.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has entered into negotiations with the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) with political will and is hopeful that the other side has also entered the talks with such a will,” Zarif said during a meeting with members of a French parliamentary delegation led by Senator Philippe Marini in Tehran on Monday.
He also said that considering its status in the European Union, France is able to play an important and positive role in the talks over Iran’s nuclear program.
The Islamic Republic is ready to allay the other side’s “legitimate concerns” with regard to its nuclear work, he said.
For his part, Senator Marini expressed hope that an interim nuclear deal that was signed by Tehran and the major powers last year would help the two countries boost their ties in all spheres.
Iran and the six major powers - the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China - struck an interim deal in November 2013 under which Tehran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The agreement came into force on January 20. Iran and the major powers have set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term deal that would lead to a gradual lifting of all nuclear-related sanctions.
Expert-level talks in New York
Hamid Baeidinejad, the director general of the political department of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, on Monday left Tehran for New York to attend the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The session started on Sunday at the United Nations headquarters in New York and will continue until May 9.
Baeidinejad will also lead Iran’s negotiating team at expert-level nuclear talks with the major powers which will be held in New York from May 5 to 9 to prepare for the next round of political-level talks on a final solution to the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program which will start on May 13 in Vienna.
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