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Iran says ready to continue talks if other side is prepared

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9001-13759

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Tuesday the country is ready to continue talks with P5-plus-one whenever the other side is ready.

The EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton has recently written a letter to Iranian top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili on further round of talks and Jalili is to give a reply to Ashton's letter.

"We are ready to take further steps following plans of Geneva 3 and Istanbul talks. We are set to pursue the issue, whenever the other party is ready," Mehmanparast told reporters in his weekly press conference.

He added the talks would focus on issues which were already agreed upon and Iran's nuclear issue would not be included in the dialogues at all.

"We believe that our nuclear work is underway in a natural way" he said adding, "we believe that other shared issues can be discussed."

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany held three rounds of talks in Geneva and one in Istanbul.

The West accuses Iran of seeking nuclear arms. Iran denies the allegation and insists that its enrichment activities only seek peaceful purposes and power generation.

Meanwhile, Mehmanparast referred to the trip of the Iranian UN ambassador Mohammad Khazaei to Egypt and said, "Khazaei's trip was not in the framework of bilateral ties. His trip came for a specialized meeting sponsored by the UN in which no framework for bilateral relations was defined."

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