|Nuclear talks have not reached a deadlock: Leader’s advisor||
TEHRAN – Ali Akbar Velayati, the senior foreign policy advisor to the Supreme Leader, said on Saturday that he believes that the nuclear talks between Iran and world powers have not reached a deadlock.
The remarks by Velayati came after Iran and the six major powers (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) ended an “intensive” and “difficult” round of nuclear talks on Friday in Vienna without making any significant progress.
There is a positive prospect for the talks if the major powers show goodwill, as Iran has shown, Velayati told reporters after a meeting with French Foreign Ministry director for North Africa and Middle East Jean-François Girault in Tehran.
Asked about the latest round of nuclear talks, he said the talks were difficult and the Iranian negotiating team made considerable efforts.
Velayati went on to say that the talks are not finished yet and will continue in July and Iran hopes that the negotiations will yield to a positive result and Iran would enjoy its legitimate right to nuclear energy.
If both sides show goodwill, as Iran has shown, there is a hope that positive solutions will be found, added Velayati, a former foreign minister.
Velayati who currently heads the strategic research center at the Expediency Council, a post previously held by President Hassan Rouhani, reiterated that the talks have not stalemated.
Iran is willing to continue the talks, the veteran politician noted.
He said Iran would support its negotiating team in so far as it moves within the path set by the Supreme Leader, adding that so far it has not taken actions outside that framework.
Iran and the six major powers started a decisive round of nuclear talks on Wednesday in Vienna to begin drawing up the draft of a final nuclear deal which is aimed at resolving a decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.
The Vienna talks were meant to build on the interim deal struck in Geneva in November 2013.
Senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi has said that the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will take place in Vienna on June 16-20.
Iran and the major powers have set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term nuclear deal. The deadline can be extended for another six months.
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