A senior Iranian lawmaker says the upcoming negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 in Moscow will test the group’s willpower to hold fruitful talks with Tehran.

“There are of course two sides in any negotiation and Iran always considers transparent and targeted negotiations as the best solution and it is by no means after lingering talks,” Member of the Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Kazem Jalali said Saturday.

Moscow talks are a test for the P5+1 to prove if they are sincere and want the negotiations to yield results, he added.

“What has so far been witnessed from the West is their willingness to continue lingering talks and they have shown that they don’t have the willpower to resolve issues,” Jalali added.

He cited Iran's lack of confidence in the West as one of the challenges in the way of the talks and said the Baghdad negotiations were a good opportunity for the West to gain Tehran’s trust, but they lost the chance by not remaining committed to their promises as well as the result of negotiations.
Iran and the P5+1 -Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany- wrapped up their last meeting in Baghdad on Thursday May 24 after two days of negotiations.

The Iranian negotiating delegation was headed by Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Jalili and the delegations of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany were headed by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Both sides agreed to hold another round of talks in Moscow on June 18-19.

The P5+1 have, however, have refused to discuss an agenda for the Moscow negotiations.

Deputy SNSC Secretary Ali Baqeri sent two separate letters to Ashton’s deputy Helga Schmid, stressing the importance of holding preparatory meetings before the upcoming negotiations between Iran and the P5+1.

In a brief response delivered by Schmid to Baqeri, however, Ashton refused to set a time for the preliminary meetings between her deputy and Baqeri to prepare an agenda for the Moscow talks, asking Tehran, instead, to adopt practical measures.

In the letter, Schmid has failed to make any mention of holding a deputy-level meeting before the major talks in Moscow, a move which contradicts the agreement made between the two sides during the Baghdad negotiations.
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