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Iran expects G5+1 to abide by former accords

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, June 17, IRNA -- Deputy Secretary of the Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Bagheri, said on Sunday that Iran expects G5+1 to abide by the former accords made in the context of Istanbul-2 and Baghdad talks by Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili and EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton.

Bagheri, in a meeting with China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Le Yucheng in Moscow, hailed China’s positive role in the Iran-G5+1 talks.

The Chinese envoy, said that negotiation is the only way to resolve Iranian nuclear dispute, calling on both parties to show seriousness and be active.

The meeting was held at the Iranian embassy premises in Moscow came on the eve of a new round of negotiations between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members - Russia, China, France, Britain and the US plus Germany) in the Russian capital.

The Iranian and Chinese envoys had similar meetings prior to and in the midst of the last month nuclear talks in Baghdad.

Representatives of Iran and the six-nation are due start two days of talks in Moscow tomorrow.

The Iranian team is headed by Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili and representatives of the six-nation are led by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

The Iranian team arrived in Moscow this morning.

During the last round of talks in Baghdad, both Tehran and the six nations offered their own packages of proposals.

Iran's package included nuclear and non-nuclear topics such as regional security and the demand that the G5+1 officially recognize Iran's right to uranium enrichment, a right enshrined by Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Iran has called the western governments sanctions over the nuclear program as illegal for political gains since Iran renounces weapons of mass destruction as forbidden in Islam.

Iran says the western governments have violated the international law by imposing illogical sanctions and they must lift sanctions as a gesture of goodwill.

Iran is signatory to Non-Proliferation Treaty and reaffirmed commitment to the treaty.

Cameras of the International Atomic Energy Agency are monitoring all Iranian nuclear sites 24 hours.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1021179

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