P5+1 did not negate Iran’s rights in Almaty talks: Iranian deputy FM
Press TV -(Mar 13, 2013) An Iranian deputy foreign minister says the revised proposals made by the P5+1 group of world powers during the latest round of talks with Iran in Almaty did not negate the rights of the Islamic Republic.
Abbas Araqchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Asia and Oceania affairs, said on Tuesday that the approach of the P5+1 group toward the talks was more positive than the past in the most recent talks.
The latest round of the talks between Iran and the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany) was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on February 26-27. The two sides agreed to meet again in the city on April 5-6 to continue negotiations after holding “expert-level” talks in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 17-18.
Araqchi added that the next round of the talks would determine whether or not the group’s new approach would remain positive. He said Iran and the P5+1 had agreed to adopt a step-by-step approach, which was agreed upon in talks held in Istanbul in April 2012.
The United States, the Israeli regime and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. The United States and the European Union have used the pretext to impose several rounds of illegal unilateral sanctions on Tehran.
Iran categorically rejects the allegation and maintains that it has the right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes as a signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).