|Iran needs to talk to U.S. on sanctions: nuclear negotiator||
TEHRAN - A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator has said it is not enough just to hold talks with the European Union and it is necessary that Tehran hold talks with the U.S. which is leading sanctions on Iran.
Majid Takht-Ravanchi made the remarks in an interview with IRNA published on Sunday.
Iran and the United States held nuclear talks in Geneva on Thursday at deputy ministerial level. The two sides called the talks “constructive”.
The issue of sanctions is one of the points of differences between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), Takht-Ravanchi said.
The deputy foreign minister said Iran is seeking a complete lifting of sanctions.
Takht-Ravanchi went on to say that according to the interim deal sanctions imposed on Iran by the U.S., European Union and UN Security Council should be removed.
Iran and the major powers clinched an interim nuclear deal last November in Geneva, under which Iran agreed to scale down parts of its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions. Under the deal known as the Joint Plan of Action, the two sides set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term comprehensive nuclear deal. However the negotiating partners failed to meet the self-imposed July 20 deadline to work out a comprehensive deal. In their last round of talks in Vienna the sides agreed to extend the talks until November 24.
The negotiator said an extension of the talks was predicted in the Geneva deal.
He also said it is “difficult” to predict the future of the talks.
The fact is that the direction of the talks is not “predictable”, he said.
The diplomat added that Iran is showing goodwill in the talks and makes every effort that the talks bear fruit, “but not at any cost”.
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