Iran's FM hopeful about upcoming nuke talks in Baghdad
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran regards the upcoming nuclear talks with the 5+1 group scheduled to be held in Bahdad so significant expressing his optimism about the negotiation's result.
According to Khabar Online's political correspondent referring to a recent interview the Austrian Press Agency (APA) held with Salehi, Iran's Foreign Minister hoped that concrete steps will be taken in Baghdad meeting to follow the negotiations and resolve the problems.
"A new framework should be drawn. Both negotiating parties must draw a new plan to help take specified steps which would commence the process of confidence building," the top Iranian diplomat said.
Iranian envoys will hold talks with experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on May 14-15 in Vienna and representatives of 5+1 group including the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany on May 23 in Baghdad.
"As a matter of fact, not only Iran but the West wants to settle the nuclear dispute. It's important for us to bring the dispute to an end since we would like the international oil market to have stability from all aspects," Salehi went on to say, "imposing sanctions on Iranian oil exports will hike up oil price throughout the world and will causedamages to the European economy which is not our interest."
The West powers claim Iran's nuclear program is meant for producing atomic weapons, but the Islamic Republic officials categorically reject such idea stressing that it is aimed at civilian purposes including medical research and electricity production.
"One-sided policy against the Islamic Republic of Iran must be stopped. We do our best to put our ties with the EU back on track and provide a situation in which Iran achieves its rights while removing concerns of 5 +1 group. The EU needs Iran’s oil and Iran is interested to use the technological capabilities of European countries based on international relations," the Foreign Minister stated.
On the precondition set by the West that Iran should halt uranium enrichment up to 20 percent, Salehi said: "Our nuclear activities are carried out within the framework of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). However, we are ready to discuss on the current problems in a serious manner but without any precondition."
The first round of recent nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six world powers took place in Istanbul last month and was described by both parties as “constructive”.