Parliament Advisor: Iran Not to Accept Unrelated Issues in N. Talks
TEHRAN, Feb. 23, 2014 (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speakers advisor for international affairs Hossein Sheikholeslam voiced satisfaction with the good performance of the Iranian negotiators in the nuclear talks with the six world powers in Vienna, and cautioned the Sextet not to try to include new issues in the negotiations.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran was after establishing its rights in these negotiations, which we have been able to do so far," Sheikholeslam said on Saturday. The Iranian official further said that the other party to the talks seeks to establish a structure through which it can control every location in Iran, adding that the six countries seek something beyond the provisions of the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
On Friday, Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi underlined that the Vienna nuclear talks were diplomatically managed very well by both sides who focused on the main core of the Geneva deal which was struck late in November.
"It seems that both parties are satisfied.... though negotiations are very hard and they need many more expert level talks, so that we can get into the issues in more details and define a framework for the negotiations," Kamalvandi stated. Kamalvandi also added that Tehran attained certain key objectives by using multi-layered diplomacy in the latest round of talks between Iran and the six world powers - the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany.
The Iranian official said that Iran was aware of the tactics of the six countries during the course of the talks, which included intense media spin. He said that the Iranian team was able to counter those tactics through focusing on some key, legal, technical and political issues. Commenting on Irans cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Kamalvandi said Tehrans prime objective is to engage more directly with the UN nuclear agency.
He said that this would help reduce the political pressure imposed on the IAEA by the Sextet of world powers during the course of the talks. The official also emphasized that both sides now need to prepare for intense discussions over the technicalities of the Iranian nuclear energy program.
On Thursday, Iran and six world powers agreed on an agenda for negotiations over Tehrans nuclear program and will meet again next month in Vienna, a senior Iranian official said after two days of talks in the Austrian capital. This indicates an early step forward in the elusive search for a settlement of the decade-old dispute, even though the sides remain far apart on how to resolve it and both Iran and the United States have publicly stated it may not be possible to reach a final agreement. Negotiators from Iran and the Sextet of the world powers met in Vienna on February 18-20 to hammer out an agenda for talks on a final deal to the standoff over Tehrans nuclear activities.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said, "The involved parties have agreed on an agenda and a framework and the next round of talks will be in the second half of March in Vienna."
A senior US state department official earlier said about the second day of talks on Wednesday, "Todays discussions, which covered both process and substance, were constructive and useful." Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who headed the Iranian delegation, and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who presided over the delegations of the six world powers, ended their last round of talks on Thursday.
The negotiations will probably extend at least over several months, and could help defuse years of hostility between energy-exporting Iran and the West, ease the danger of a new war in the Middle-East, transform the regional power balance and open up major business opportunities for western firms.