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‘A commitment to Geneva deal is catalyst to success of nuclear talks’
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TEHRAN – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi says a commitment to the interim Geneva nuclear deal will serve as a key to success of nuclear talks.
Araqchi, who is a senior nuclear negotiator, made the remarks in an interview with the al-Mayadeen news channel, the Mehr news agency reported on Sunday.
Based on the interim nuclear deal, which was signed between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) in Geneva last November, some sanctions against Iran were eased. Accordingly, Iran agreed to slow down its nuclear activities.
Araqchi said the aim of the Geneva deal was intended to allay concerns about the nature of Iran’s nuclear program and build confidence in this regard and also to safeguard Iran’s nuclear rights, specifically the right to uranium enrichment.
A win-win deal can be reached, if Iran’s “peaceful demands” are fulfilled and the other side is assured that Iran’s nuclear program is purely civilian, he stated.
“If anyone seeks other political purposes and make unreasonable demands, we will face problem,” Araqchi said.
Commenting on direct talks with the U.S., he stated that Iran holds bilateral talks with all the 5+1 group members and not just the U.S.
He added that Iran holds talks just to safeguard the country’s interests.
‘Talks based on nuclear rights’
The deputy foreign minister said Iran’s position in talks is based on the Iranian people’s nuclear rights.
He stated that if the other side respects the Iranian people’s nuclear rights and avoids making unreasonable demands, it will not be difficult to reach a comprehensive deal.
Iran and the six major powers were unable to meet a self-imposed July 20 deadline to work out a comprehensive nuclear deal. But the two sides then agreed to extend the talks until November 24.

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Last Updated on 01 September 2014 07:00