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Iran does not expect change in US behavior following talks: Araqchi

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Wed 22 Jul 2015 - 13:13

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said Iran does not expect a change in the behavior of the United States following the successful conclusion of the talks between the Islamic Republic and the G5+1 group of countries, except in the area of Iran's nuclear program.

Speaking during a press conference in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday, Araqchi said the US, likewise, should expect no change in the policies of the Islamic Republic.

He said the talks between Iran and the G5+1 were exclusively limited to the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

The deputy foreign minister said, however, that upon the decision of high-ranking Iranian officials, Iran may in the future engage in negotiations on specific topics with the US. He said that no prediction can be made about that issue at the moment.

He further referred to a recent "roadmap" devised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) to settle issues, and said the so-called Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) and the disagreement over Parchin military site will be addressed through the mechanism of the roadmap.

The senior Iranian diplomat further said that Resolution 2231 (2015) approved by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Monday does not cover the delivery of S-300 missile system to Iran by Russia.

"The weapons the sales of which to Iran are restricted (based on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)) are seven items, not including defensive items such as S-300," he said.

Araqchi also dismissed reports on the intention of the US to extend the restrictions on Iran's nuclear program from the 10 years agreed in the JCPOA to 15 years.

"This is not possible. The UNSC resolution approved two days ago (Resolution 2231) was absolutely clear" on the date the agreement ends, adding, "There is no ambiguity over that."

"Intending to propose a new resolution after 10 years and having the issue of reversibility extended for several years is a demand they have voiced; in our viewpoint, however, it has no credibility and is not part of the agreement. Thus, any date beyond 10 years is out of question," Press TV quoted Araqchi as saying.

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