Iran, Swiss FMs discuss Tehran nuclear issue
Press TV -(Wed Oct 16, 2013) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Swiss counterpart Didier Burkhalter have discussed Tehran’s nuclear energy program on the sidelines of the talks between Iran and the six major world powers in Geneva.
The two senior diplomats exchanged views on regional and international developments as well as Tehran-Bern relations during Wednesday meeting.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain – plus Germany have held three rounds of negotiations in Geneva.
The first round was held on Tuesday morning, attended by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
During the closed-door meeting in the morning, Zarif presented Iran’s proposal titled “Closing an Unnecessary Crisis, and Opening a New Horizon” to Ashton and the representatives of the six countries.
Zarif and Aston were not present in the second round on Tuesday afternoon.
Iran and six world powers have wrapped up the third round of negotiations on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program in Geneva on Wednesday afternoon.
The US, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.