Iran seeks to assert nuclear rights during talks: Official
Iran Press TV
Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:57PM GMT
A high-ranking Iranian official says the Islamic Republic seeks to assert its nuclear rights in the course of negotiations with six world powers.
Speaking at a press conference in Tehran on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham stated that excessive demands by Iran's negotiating partners during the nuclear talks will not impact Tehran's determination to acquire nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
Turning to the recent two-day direct talks between the Iranian and US delegations in the Swiss city of Geneva, she underlined that "assertion of nuclear rights is Iran's first priority in bilateral nuclear negotiations with the members of the P5+1 group."
Afkham stated that accepting existing realities is an important part of the nuclear talks, advising Iran's negotiating partners to further move towards respecting the rights of the Iranian nation.
The remarks come ahead of the next round of negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain - plus Germany over Tehran's nuclear energy program scheduled for June 16-20 in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.
Iran and the six world powers have been discussing ways to iron out differences and start drafting a final deal that would end the West's dispute with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program.
Iran and the six countries wrapped up their latest round of high-level nuclear talks in Vienna on May 16.
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