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FM spokesman: Iran, 5+1 talks late October or early November

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 12, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Iran has decided on late October or early November as the time for talks with 5+1.

Talking to reporters Tuesday during his weekly press briefing, he said Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has already announced that talks with 5+1 will be held late October or early November.

Asked to comment on the remarks of a US Foreign Secretary spokesman on the talks, he said that in the first place Iran was in favor of the talks and was ready for them but the other side was either unwilling for the talks or was not that keen.

He pointed that Iran had announced its readiness for the talks during the recent United Nations General Assembly in New York and said that it was ready for talks at the foreign ministerial or even presidential levels but the other side was not ready for it.

As for the date of the talks, he explained, the Iranian foreign ministry has already proposed late October or early November as a proper date so if the partners are keen for it then they should follow Iran’s proposal more frankly and urgently.

He stressed that the talks will focus on the issues within the framework of fuel swap proposed by the Tehran Declaration.

Referring to the remarks of the EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Aston who has said she knows nothing about the date of the talks, Mehmanparast said Iran’s foreign minister has already announced the date to her.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30015851

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