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Iran's envoy: Group 5+1 divided over nuclear talks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, Oct 11, IRNA

UK-Iranian Ambassador

A senior Iranian diplomat says Group 5+1 members are divided in conducting nuclear talks with the Islamic Republic because of its strong negotiation logic.

Rasoul Movahedian, Iran's ambassador to Britain, also said on Saturday that Group 5+1 is not supporting EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana in his efforts to continue nuclear talks with Iran.

Movahedian made the comment in an interview with IRNA when asked about the recent letter by Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili to Solana on the necessity of continuing nuclear negotiations.

A copy of Jalili's letter has been tendered by Iran's Embassy to British Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

Iran says Group 5+1 is evading negotiating with Tehran over its peaceful nuclear program as the country has underlined the need for constructive talks and cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency and permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany.

"It should be interesting to the world community that when a logical question arises during talks, the other party resorts to pressure instead of negotiating," Movahedian said.

He said that Group 5+1 is suffering from the lack of coordination in the use of logic in negotiations by the Islamic Republic.

Movahedian noted that world powers have no other alternative but to continue 'serious and logical negotiations' with Iran.

On British policies concerning Iran's nuclear issue, he said that Britain is trying to impose its own views on the Islamic Republic and even other members of the Group 5+1, but has failed to gain any success.

He said that the British government wants to disrupt nuclear talks by proposing new sanctions against Iran's oil and gas sectors.

"Irrespective of the fact that imposing sanctions on our oil and gas sectors is not applicable under the current global financial crisis, such a British approach to Iran's nuclear program will be ineffective," he said.

Referring to the recent Security Council resolution against Iran, he said such resolutions 'have no political value' and indicate that Group 5+1 is not pursuing talks based on mutual respect and understanding.

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