Parliament Speaker Supports Iranian Negotiators Approach in Talks with World Powers
TEHRAN, 06 July, 2014 (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani hailed the Iranian team of negotiators for their proper approach in talks with the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany).
"The current approach of the Iranian team of negotiators in the nuclear talks is fruitful," Larijani said, addressing a meeting of the parliaments National Security and Foreign Policy Commission on Sunday. He reiterated that Irans nuclear issue has seen important developments in the past 10 years.
Meantime, he pointed to Iraqs developments, and said that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Takfiri terrorist group is trying to sow discord between Shiite and Sunni Muslims to achieve its sinister goals. Larijani also referred to the current economic situation in Iran, and said, "It is necessary to recover the recession as soon as possible to resolve the economic problems."
The sixth round of talks between Tehran and the G 5+1 headed by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Ashton officially started in Vienna early this week. On Wednesday, Zarif held a bilateral meeting with Ashton which was focused on drawing up agenda of the Vienna 6 talks.The Iranian foreign minister also attended a tripartite meeting with Ashton and US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns later in the day.On Thursday, Araqchi rejected some media reports alleging that Iran has reduced the number of the centrifuges that it wants to have. A Thursday report by Reuters cited "a Western diplomat" as saying that "Iran has reduced the number of centrifuges it wants". According to the report, diplomats claimed that the Islamic Republic had signaled it would settle for a lower figure than 50,000 centrifuges.
"All the figures which are reported on the number of centrifuges are the figment of the imagination of some foreign media," Araqchi said. Also on Thursday, the Iranian foreign minister wrote on his Facebook page that Western media speculations on the nuclear discussions between Tehran and the G5+1 should not be taken seriously as they attempt to influence the negotiations instead of reporting the events. On Friday, Araqchi and Schmidt had another round of bilateral consultations on the final deal.
On Friday, Araqchi voiced satisfaction in the progressive trend of the sixth round of nuclear talks between Iran and the six major world powers in Vienna, but cautioned the world powers and international bodies not to try to include new issues in the negotiations. The UN High Commissionaire for Human Rights Navi Pillay had on Thursday in a press conference on the sidelines of the Vienna nuclear negotiations between Iran and the G5+1 requested the western negotiating delegations to include human rights issue in Iran in their nuclear negotiations with Tehran in full details.
"All the sides of these negotiations, too, are fully aware of the fact that the human rights issue is totally unrelated to the matter of discussions in our ongoing nuclear talks," Araqchi pointed out.
Also in a video message on the eve of the new round of the talks with the six world powers on Wednesday, Zarif asked his counterparts from the sextet not to miss the present opportunity for striking a deal with Iran and putting an end to an unnecessary crisis.
Iran and the Group 5+1 sealed an interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, 2013 to pave the way for a full resolution of their decade-old dispute over the formers nuclear standoff with the West. The deal came into force on January 20. Under the Geneva deal, dubbed the Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period.
Zarif told reporters after the latest round of talks with the six world powers held in Vienna on June 16-20 that although the seven nations have started compiling the draft deal, the harsh stance taken by the western powers, which is reflected in their excessive and maximum demands shows that they are not fully ready to enter serious negotiations to attain a final solution to the decade-old standoff. He stressed that Iran would not give up its rights, and would continue resistance until restoring all its nuclear rights.